Planning for Life

SJC Grants Conservators Quasi-Judicial Immunity, to an Extent

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on August 6, 2021

By Harry S. Margolis


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


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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