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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Britney Spears’ Sad Song … Warning: This Could Happen to You

SpearsUnfortunately, being forced into a conservatorship is not something that just happens to people in movies and stars like Britney Spears. 

As the world is becoming more and more aware of Britney Spears' "terrible, heartbreaking conservatorship," many are starting to wonder how that could happen to a successful and wealthy person like Britney Spears. These same people are also beginning to wonder if that same thing could happen to them. 

Sadly, the answer is yes, normal people like you and me could find ourselves in the same situation. The conversation around this topic continues to grow due to Britney's recent court battle and with the Netflix movie I Care a Lot. "As in Britney's case, a judge can literally take charge of all your personal and financial decisions and appoint a third party to make these many decisions on an unlimited basis." 

One of the worst aspects of court proceedings involving conservatorships, is that the proceedings are public information, which can add to the emotional toll. 

It is important to be aware that conservatorship can happen to anyone, "if and when you're too disabled (due to an accident or illness) or too incompetent (due to infirmity of mind, old age or dementia, or a similar condition) to handle your own affairs." 

See John M. Goralka, Britney Spears’ Sad Song … Warning: This Could Happen to You, Kiplinger, July 14, 2021. 

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.


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