Colorado Probate Blog - Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley, P.C.

Britney Spears' Conservatorship

For the past few years, the popular cultural world has been captivated by the #FreeBritney movement - a social movement aiming to help popstar Britney Spears gain autonomy from a conservatorship she has been placed under since 2008. Conservatorships are essentially adult guardianships wherein a person can make legal, financial, and personal decisions for another. They are usually granted in order to protect the rights and assets of those with severe cognitive or mental health issues, such as dementia.

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New Colorado Statutes Effective August 8, 2013

On May 11, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 13-077 into law which will become effective on August 8, 2013. This Bill contains the statutory changes requested by the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Several statutes will go into effect in August. Among them, the new law modifies Colorado’s Dead Man’s Statute to make it more user friendly, particularly in the probate context in which it often plays a part. It adds to the factors that are to be considered by a judge when determining the reasonableness of compensation and costs in probate matters, and reaffirms that nominated and appointed personal representatives have legal standing to determine their decedent’s probable intent and estate planning purposes on issues involving the decedent’s estate and it allows those representatives to prosecute or defend their decedent’s intent at the expense of the estate, resolving a previously open question in probate proceedings.

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