Britney Spears Case Drives California to Limit Conservatorships

Disability rights activists and Britney Spears fans are backing a California proposal that would provide more protections for conservatees

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1/22/2022 6:00:00 PM

Disability rights activists and Britney Spears fans are backing a California proposal that would provide more protections for conservatees

Conservation cases most often involve people with developmental or intellectual disabilities or those with age-related issues like dementia or Alzheimer’s.

RelatedBut the advocacy groups contend that conservatees like Spears can become trapped in a system that removes their civil rights and the ability to advocate for themselves.  The Professional Fiduciary Association of California, which represents many of those appointed as conservators, did not immediately comment, but said answers to many questions about the process can be found

“Conservatorships should be rare, and the last resort,” said Judy Mark, president of Disability Voices United, a Southern California advocacy group. “The default should be that people with disabilities retain their rights and get support when they need it.” The groups backed legislation by Democratic Assemblyman Brian Maienschein that will also make it easier to end conservatorships for people who want out.

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Jamie Lynn Spears Reads Lengthy Text to Britney Spears About Conservatorship on ‘Call Her Daddy’ PodcastJamie Lynn Spears tells Alex Cooper that she had no role in her sister’s conservatorship. She also read text messages between her and her sister as proof of her support. Interesting how folks will backpedal when the spotlight shines on them in a negative light. Keep that same energy. Not once did she PUBLICLY say to end the conservatorship. Judas Please .... stop

Jamie Lynn Spears warned Britney about former lawyer’s shady practices | Page Six Celebrity NewsJamie Lynn Spears claims she warned sister Britney Spears about the alleged shady practices of the singer’s former court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham...

Tracing the Ongoing Feud Between Britney and Jamie Lynn SpearsIn part 2 of her CallHerDaddy interview, Jamie Lynn Spears released texts she allegedly sent to Britney about her conservatorship in 2020 But this was issued a whole year before. So either she was completely stupid or she was 'acting' helpful. Also it's been proven James was reading all of her messages and quite possibly could have deleted them before brit ever saw them.

Jamie Lynn Spears Shares Text She Allegedly Sent to BritneyThe sisters have been publicly feuding amid the release of Jamie Lynn's memoir. She we comes off as her dad’s broker more than a sister trying to help her sister. Who cares! She just wants publicity & Money from sis!

Jamie Lynn Spears Says She Tried To Help Britney Get Out of ConservatorshipJamie Lynn Spears says she tried to free Britney from the conservatorship. I mean britney just got out of it herself, finally, so unless she can list exact specific steps, she can quit talking! Jamie seems to have no issues recounting so many other things from the past so please give us details Doesn't Jamie have a life already?

Jamie Lynn Spears' bid to free Britney from conservatorship 'blew up in my face'Jamie Lynn Spears has claimed she tried to help her sister Britney during her conservatorship struggles and opened up about the pair's discussion in Hawaii

See latest videos, charts and news The hearing to settle lingering issues in the aftermath of Spears’ , which was terminated in November, quickly descended into a series of angry accusations between attorneys for Spears and her father, and the case appears headed for a long trial to determine the truth of allegations of misconduct against him. Related 01/20/2022 The case is Exhibit #1 for groups including Disability Voices United, Disability Rights California, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and Free Britney L.A. who say that what are known as probate conservatorships are overused and misused in California. They most often involve people with developmental or intellectual disabilities or those with age-related issues like dementia or Alzheimer’s. But the advocacy groups contend that conservatees like Spears can become trapped in a system that removes their civil rights and the ability to advocate for themselves.  The Professional Fiduciary Association of California, which represents many of those appointed as conservators, did not immediately comment, but said answers to many questions about the process can be found here . “Conservatorships should be rare, and the last resort,” said Judy Mark, president of Disability Voices United, a Southern California advocacy group. “The default should be that people with disabilities retain their rights and get support when they need it.” The groups backed legislation by Democratic Assemblyman Brian Maienschein that will also make it easier to end conservatorships for people who want out. They are promoting instead what are known as “supported decision-making” agreements as a less restrictive alternative. They allow people with disabilities to choose someone to help them understand, make and communicate their choices, but allow the person to still make the decision. That option has already been adopted in Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., advocates said. California law says conservatorships should only be ordered if a judge rules they are the least restrictive alternative. But the advocates contend they are often imposed without examining other options. Maienschein’s bill would require that before granting a conservatorship, judges first document that all other alternatives including supported decision-making have been considered. It would write supported decision-making into California law and back that alternative with grant programs, training and technical assistance. The bill also would make it easier to end probate conservatorships by mandating a periodic review, including asking conservatees if they want to make the conservatorship less restrictive or end it entirely. Conservators would also be required to consult with the conservatees and make decisions that reflect the conservatee’s wishes or previously expressed preferences. Before his election to the Legislature, Maienschein was a law clerk for a San Diego Superior Court judge who oversaw conservatorships. “I saw firsthand the role that the court plays in establishing conservatorships, and the potential for abuse,” he said during an online news conference. “The system in California is in desperate need of reform.” He called Spears “arguably the world’s most famous conservatee,” but said his bill would aid the many others who don’t have “the benefit of worldwide fame to shine a light on her case.” Spears drew widespread attention to the issue, culminating in November when a Los Angeles judge ended the conservatorship that controlled the pop singer’s life and money for nearly 14 years. But the fallout continued at Wednesday’s hearing, when Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart objected to Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approving the many outstanding attorneys’ fees in the case until the trial is held. Rosengart repeated allegations from a New York Times documentary that James Spears bugged his daughter’s phone and home, saying they were among many instances of “serious misconduct, potentially criminal misconduct, on the part of Mr. Spears.” James Spears’ attorney Alex Weingarten said the accusations, along with allegations of financial misdealing, are “all nonsense.” “Virtually everything that is alleged in those objections is either demonstrably false or out of context,” Weingarten said. Weingarten plans to file a motion for a mass unsealing of documents from throughout the conservatorship, saying “we need that truth to come out.” Rosengart said he would object to this too. Penny ordered the final transfer of Spears’ assets back to her from the court conservator, and ruled that the November order terminating the conservatorship be sealed. She told the attorneys to return to court in July, when she may decide to order the trial. Britney Spears did not take part in the hearing. “I believe that if AB1663 had been in effect 13 years ago, the court would have been unable to conserve Britney Spears, and now Britney’s story lights the way for where changes in our laws need to be made,” said Mark, of Disability Voices United. Advocates said it is unclear how many people are under conservatorships in California because the data isn’t collected. They said  Spears’ battle  is an example of how conservatorships are too easily imposed and too difficult to end. She was a 26-year-old new mother who’d had several public mental health struggles during the height of her career in 2008, when her father sought the conservatorship, at first on a temporary basis. Spears was not present at the court hearing where her constitutional rights were assigned to her father, nor were less-restrictive measures attempted before putting her under a conservatorship, said Free Britney L.A. organizer Leanne Simmons. It ended only after Spears engaged in a multiyear struggle, and after she won the right to pick her own attorney. “While unique in many ways, it follows a very common pattern of exploitation within the probate court system here in California,” Simmons said. Get weekly rundowns straight to your inbox