Spears case spotlights state efforts to rein in conservators

The Associated Press - October 2, 2021 8:11 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Britney Spears’ fight to end the conservatorship that controlled vast aspects of her life is putting the spotlight on ongoing efforts in the states to reform laws that advocates say too often harm the very people they were meant to protect.

Already this year, New Jersey cracked down on the circle of people who could petition for someone to be placed under a guardian. New Mexico created an independent review process to oversee how conservatorships are being handled. Oregon is ensuring that anyone placed under a guardian gets free legal help. California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed changes into law that were prompted by the attention generated by Spears’ legal battle.

 

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