Conservatorship

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Recently most of us were reminded by media coverage of a new documentary called Framing Britney, which details the facts, theories, and events surrounding pop singer Britney Spears‘s ongoing conservatorship battle with her father, Jamie Spears.

A conservatorship is a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the “conservator”) to care for another adult (called the “conservatee”) who cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her own finances.

California Courts website

The following video from Ventura Superior Court discusses more about conservatorship:

According to a media report, “in Spears‘ case, her father has served as conservator for the majority of the time she’s been under the conservatorship, which began in 2008 after her public meltdown. He stepped down temporarily in 2019 and the singer’s care manager, Jodi Montgomery, temporarily took over.”

According to Forbes, “conservatorships like Spears’ can place strict limitations on the conservatee, including whether or not they can get married or even drive a car”.

Citing the New York Times quote Fox News writes in Spears’ case, “her most mundane purchases, from a drink at Starbucks to a song on iTunes, are tracked in court documents as part of the plan to safeguard the great fortune she has earned but does not ultimately control.”