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What is Conservatorship? Britney Spears and the Conservatorship Battle

When celebrities like Britney Spears entered into conservatorship, the public was often curious about what that meant. In some cases, a conservatorship can be quite contentious as family members battle over who should have control over the care of their loved one. In other cases, the conservator may be appointed with little resistance from anyone involved.

If you are concerned about a loved one and think they may need a conservator, call Filippi Law Firm P.C. today. We would be glad to discuss your options with you.

First, let’s explore what a conservatorship is.

What is a Conservatorship?

In California, a conservatorship is a legal proceeding in which a court appoints someone to manage the financial and/or personal affairs of another person who is determined to be unable to do so. This can be due to old age, mental illness, or disability. The conservator is responsible for making sure the person they are caring for has their basic needs met, including food, shelter, and healthcare.

What are the Responsibilities of a Conservator?

The responsibilities of a conservator depend on the specific circumstances of the case but typically include managing the person’s finances, making sure they have food and shelter, and arranging for their medical care. The conservator may also be responsible for communicating with doctors, family members, and other professionals involved in the person’s care.

It is important to remember that conservatorship is a serious legal proceeding and should not be taken lightly. If you are considering seeking a conservatorship in California for a loved one, consulting a conservatorship attorney is crucial.

Britney Spears and He Conservatorship Battle

The conservatorship of Britney Spears has been in the news a lot lately. In 2008, following a mental breakdown, Spears was involuntarily placed under a conservatorship by Judge Reva Goetz. Her father, James “Jamie” Spears, and attorney Andrew M. Wallet were named as conservators.

In the years since, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the case, with her family members and the public at large arguing over who should have control over her care. The conservatorship lasted until 2021, at which point Judge Brenda Penny granted Spears the right to choose her own attorney.

She selected former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart of Greenberg Traurig, and a few months later, Judge Penny lifted the conservatorship. The judge gave Spears back control over her affairs at the end of a long conservatorship trial in California. Spears tweeted the same day, thanking the #FreeBrittany movement for their support.


Despite the drama, it is important to remember that conservatorship in California is a serious legal proceeding and should not be taken lightly.

If you are considering seeking the help of an estate attorney for a loved one under the California conservatorship law, please call Filippi Law Firm P.C. for a consultation. Our California conservatorship attorney can help you determine if it is the right course of action and guide you through the process. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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