The current media storm surrounding the #FreeBritney movement has raised an interesting debate about the principle of supporting/controlling someone's property and financial affairs.
In England and Wales, many individuals have court-appointed deputies who manage their affairs, similar to how Britney Spears' father has previously been her conservator. This poses an interesting question as to how far these controls should go, and what decisions are truly in someone's 'best interests', as opposed to 'what they want'.
It is important to remember that the Court of Protection and Deputyships are there for a reason, and a vital tool for empowering an individual to make their own decisions. Unfortunately, the role of a deputy is often misunderstood, and whilst the #FreeBritney debate has sparked controversy, it has at least raised awareness for the questions surrounding what should be done for those who may lack capacity.
Britney Spears’ request for a court to prevent her father from returning as her conservator will not be decided until February, a California judge has ruled. James P Spears (AKA Jamie Spears) oversaw his daughter’s personal and financial decision-making as well as her healthcare for more than a decade until last year when he stepped down citing health problem.