Thirsk Winton LLP

The Britney Spears Conservatorship Saga

This high-profile case has been ongoing for quite some time. Mr Jamie Spears, the father of Britney Spears was appointed as her guardian in 2008, due to concerns over her mental health. A conservatorship is granted by a court for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions, like those with dementia or other mental illnesses. In the UK it is known as a Deputyship which is approved by the Court of Protection.

Under the Conservatorship agreement in place, Ms Spears had no control over her finances. Following a recent ruling by the court in the US, for the first time since 2008, Mr Spears no longer has any legal say over how his daughter’s finances are managed.
So, what does this mean for Ms Spears’, although her father’s conservatorship has come to an end, her ability to make decisions for herself has not changed. Britney Spears is still dependent upon her conservator, whoever that may be, to act for her in managing her finances.. A conservator will continue to make decisions for her.

The UK equivalent of a Deputyship has two types of applications available:

– Property and Financial Affairs
– Health & Welfare

We can assist in making the application for a Deputyship and we can also act as a professional deputy, which may reduce the burden on family members. It is important to note that an appointment of a family member may not always be advisable, a professional being appointed initially could reduce any future costs of litigation which is perhaps well demonstrated in the Britney Spears saga