INdiana Systemic Thinking

February 2, 2008

Britney Spears: Father Knows Best

Filed under: Legal/Law,Misc,Uncategorized — kurtglmft @ 6:15 pm
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Alright, I wasnt going to blog on this, but I’ve been a little hard on Spears.  Besides, its that or mop the kitchen!

WTHR is reporting that following her involutary committement to a Los Angeles hospital for an unknown condition, Britney’s father was awarded temporary “conservatorship” of Britney.  The father, James Spears, and an attorney were awarded co-conservators of Britney’s estate.  The court also proptly issued a restraining order against Britney’s “manager” and friend, Sam Lufti.

From the story:

A court creates conservatorships when a person cannot care for themselves or handle their affairs. Commissioner Reva Goetz said Spears would be under conservatorship until Feb. 4, at which time another hearing will be held.

“It is in the best interests of the conservatee to have conservatorship over her person,” Goetz told a packed courtroom.

      The conservator will have the power to “restrict visitors,” have around-the-clock security for Spears, and have access to all medical records, Goetz said.

      Goetz said conservatorship over the estate was “necessary and appropriate.” She gave approval for the conservator to “take all actions to secure all liquid assets including credit cards.”

The reason I wanted to blog on this was to point out how serious her condition must be.  In all the years I’ve practiced I’ve only run into two or three cases where the person’s conditon was so serious they could not make decisions for themselves or their estate.  So, while I originally thought much of this was for publicity, her condition must be very serious indeed.  Goes to prove the point no-one should evaluate another from afar, or through media reports.


January 29, 2008

Britney Spears: Has “Mental Issues”

This from her manager.  Gee, ya think?  The whole article is on WTHR, but here is and excerpt:

Barbara Walters says she has been contacted by Britney Spears’ manager and “very good friend,” Sam Lutfi, who says the pop singer has seen a psychiatrist.

Lutfi told her the 26-year-old pop singer “is suffering from what he describes as mental issues which are treatable,” Walters said Monday on ABC’s “The View.”

“He said that she has been to a psychiatrist and that she, I assume, is starting some kind of treatment,” said Walters, a co-host on the ABC daytime talk show.

“She has been having mood swings. She’s been having trouble sleeping, and also she is in touch with her mother – ’cause we had heard she wasn’t – and her mother has been very supportive of whatever it is that Britney is going to do,” Walters said.

Lutfi has been staying with Spears constantly, “and he got in touch with us,” Walters said. “I can’t vouch for this, he seemed to be very knowledgeable and he certainly was very nice.”

Spears’ attorney, Sorrell Trope, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment Monday. Spears’ spokeswoman at Jive Records, Gina Orr, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

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