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

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Amanda Bynes files to terminate conservatorship after nearly 9 years

AmandaAmerican actress Amanda Bynes has filed to end her conservatorship, confirmed by her attorney David A. Esquibias. 

The retired actress, known for her roles in Hairspray, She's the Man, and All That, filed to terminate the conservatorship of her person and her estate in a petition submitted at the Ventura County Superior Court. 

Bynes, 35, is currently working on a degree at California's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and believes she no longer needs protection from the court, as she believes her condition has vastly improved. 

In 2013, Bynes had a series of troubles including multiple DUI  arrests, a drug related arrest, shoplifting allegations, and even set fire to a stranger's driveway. Bynes's mother, Lynn, currently oversees the conservatorship and has done so since 2013 when Bynes was hospitalized on an involuntary psychiatric hold. 

In 2020, the Nickelodeon star celebrated 18 months of sobriety, telling Paper Magazine, that substance abuse was the core of her problems. 

Although Bynes's conservatorship was extended to 2023, her attorney believes that the legal arrangement could "be terminated at any time for good cause." 

A hearing regarding the conservatorship is set for March 22. 

See Suzy Byrne, Amanda Bynes files to terminate conservatorship after nearly 9 years, Yahoo Entertainment, February 25, 2022. 

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


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