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Conservatorships of adults

Britney Spears is known and beloved as a musical artist, but she is also known for her rather infamous breakdowns. What many Massachusetts readers might not know is that Spear’s assets have been controlled by her father from a young age. Her father was originally awarded conservatorship after she was checked into a psychiatric hospital in 2008. In other cases, conservatorships or guardianships may be awarded to a third party or to an attorney. 

More than one million people across the country are under conservatorship or guardianship. These individuals have usually been determined to be unable to care for themselves due to a physical or mental disability. When someone is awarded conservatorship or guardianship over another person, then he or she gains control of that person’s finances and possibly other aspects of the person’s life. Some of these other aspects may include where the person lives and works, whether or not he or she can marry, if he or she can vote, as well as any medical decisions that need to be made. 

In the case of Britney Spears, her father controls all of her finances. He pays her bills, including the monthly child support payments to her ex-husband. Recently, however, he has been speaking with physicians about her improving mental condition and the possibility of returning control of the finances back over to her.

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have control returned to them. It can be challenging to convince the courts that a person is capable of caring for themselves after a guardian has already been appointed. Massachusetts residents who wish to know more about conservatorships or guardianships can consult an attorney experienced in this area of the law. 

Source:, “Britney Spears’ Journey to Financial Freedom“, Juliette Fairley, Accessed on May 4, 2018


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