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SJC Grants Conservators Quasi-Judicial Immunity, to an Extent

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on August 6, 2021

By Harry S. Margolis

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In a case that exemplifies the rule that "no good deed goes unpunished," the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has granted conservators quasi-judicial immunity for their actions as conservators. This protects them from personal liability when they act within the scope of their appointment.

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Topics: guardianship, conservatorship

Free Britney! Why Her Conservatorship is Inappropriate

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on February 23, 2021

By Harry S. Margolis

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Britney Spears is 39 years old and capable of earning tens of millions of dollars a year. Yet, as exposed in the recent New York Times documentary, "Framing Britney Spears," against her wishes, her father, James Spears, has served as her conservator for the past 13 years. At a February 11th court hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Brenda Penny continued the conservatorship but confirmed the addition of Bessemer Trust as co-conservator.

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Topics: conservatorship

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