Assembly Bill 1194, approved by Governor Newsom on September 30, 2021, tightens oversight of California conservators, especially those licensed by the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau.

The bill expands the duties of California courts with respect to conservatorships, though some reforms depend upon funding in future legislation.  With a projected budget surplus, and keen public

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

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

Silhouette of Helping HandsGuest author Karina Stanhope, a Downey Brand associate, contributes today’s post.

A recent New York Times article shined new light on Britney Spears’ conservatorship. Well known for her instant rise to stardom as a Disney Mouseketeer, Ms. Spears’ fame as a young, up-and-coming pop star in the 1990s was boundless. Little less than a decade later, however, media outlets and tabloids provided a darker view of what Ms. Spears’ life had become. The more famous Ms. Spears became, the less control she appeared to hold over both her private and public life. Ms. Spears’ escapades worried fans and family alike, and in 2008, her father, James Spears, took legal action. A Los Angeles court appointed Mr. Spears conservator over Ms. Spears’ person and estate, with a lawyer aptly named Andrew Wallet serving as co-conservator over her estate.