While Disneyland may be the “Happiest Place on Earth,” a California probate court may be the opposite for a Disney heir, mused the U.S. Court of Appeals in Lund v. Cowan (9th Cir. 2021) 5 F.4th 964. Bradford Lund, a 50 year-old grandson of Walt Disney, sued the probate judge who rejected a settlement
Wiemond Wu is an associate at Downey Brand LLP. His practice includes trust and estate litigation and probate proceedings. Wiemond received his law degree from Sacramento’s McGeorge School of Law and his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Wiemond and his wife, both originally from the Bay Area, now reside in Sacramento.
Britney Spears and “Marla Grayson” May Propel Tightened Oversight Over California Conservators
When a California probate court establishes a conservatorship, the conservator is charged with managing the conservatee’s person and/or estate in the conservatee’s best interests. The large majority of professional fiduciaries and family members who become conservators discharge their duties faithfully. Occasionally, however, a conservator may exploit the relationship for personal gain.
Over the past year…
Memo to #FreeBritney Fans: How California Conservatees May Challenge Their Conservators
For more than a decade, some of Britney Spears’s most devoted fans feared that she was locked up against her will under a court-ordered conservatorship, even going as far to accuse her father, Jamie Spears, of drugging her to take control. In response, fans launched #FreeBritney, a viral social media campaign, aimed at having…