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How the Daughter of One of America's Most Beloved Actors and Others Are Calling for Change

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 08.04.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Conservators and guardians are often given overbroad authority over conservatees' and wards' lives. Stories of conservatees and wards being isolated or imprisoned by court-appointed protectors are far too common.

Conservatorship Conundrum: You Can Be Reduced to the Status of an Infant With as Few Rights as a Felon

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.28.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Two types of probate conservators can be appointed. A conservator of the person is responsible for handling the conservatee's health care and other basic needs, while a conservator of the estate is responsible for handling the conservatee's financial matters.

Conservatorship Conundrum: Court Process That Can "Unperson" You Within Minutes

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.22.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

The cold hard fact is that a conservatorship can strip a person of his or her basic freedoms -- sometimes in just a matter of minutes.

Expert Offers Advice on Estate Planning: Why You Should Plan Ahead and What Can Happen If You Don't

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 06.19.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

If you've postponed doing any advance planning, such as organizing your records, making health care decisions in advance, or doing estate planning, you're not alone.

Taking Away My Daughter's Hard-Earned Rights

Ben Decter | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Ben Decter

After a terrifying start to her life with catastrophic childhood epilepsy, Addie has clawed her way to a sense of confidence, grit and burgeoning independence. But there's little time to celebrate her achievement of things that once seemed impossible. We feel compelled to take away some of her rights.

If You Can Wait Until Your Child Is Age 27 to Let Them Have Money, Do It

Don McNay | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Few 18-year-olds are prepared to handle a large lump sum of money. Laws prevent people from buying alcohol until age 21. It is assumed that people who can't legally buy a beer can somehow be responsible for handling thousands and sometimes millions of dollars.

Conservatorships: Beware!

Carole Herman | Posted 10.15.2012 | Fifty
Carole Herman

Guardians and the courts are supposed to do what is best for the conservatee and what the conservatee wishes. However, in too many cases, this is not what transpires.

Please Don't Disturb Me With Facts. I'm Hating.

Nicola Kraus | Posted 07.23.2012 | Celebrity
Nicola Kraus

If Britney Spears' much-dissected foray back into public light proved anything it's this: the American public is not a huge fan of context.

Finally, a Bridge to Somewhere

Lawrence Baxter, Bill Brown and James Cox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence Baxter, Bill Brown and James Cox

Behind Obama's declaration that the federal government will carefully monitor lending and bank management is the notion of conservatorship, not nationalization.