The Conservatorship of Britney Spears
How many people not named Britney does it take to manage Britney Spears' affairs? It turns out that the
answer might be two. Recently, a court approved her fiancé as a co-conservator in charge of her day-to-
day affairs. Her father has been her conservator since 2008 and will also continue in that capacity.
While it is unclear to the general public why Britney Spears needs a conservator at all, her case does
illustrate an important lesson for everyone: planning ahead for your eventual incapacitation is a much
better idea than leaving it up to the courts.
The longer you live, the more likely it becomes that at some point you will no longer be able to
competently handle your own affairs. Someone else will have to do it. If you have not designated
someone ahead of time, then a court will have to appoint someone, or as Spears' case illustrates, the
court can appoint two people.
Having an experienced estate planning attorney draft a General Durable Power of Attorney for you is a
simple way to avoid having a court decide who should be in charge of your affairs. The other key point
to take away from Spears is that you should not wait until you are older. No matter how old you are, you
never know when you might be declared as incompetent as Britney Spears.
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