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Why is Britney Spears’ father managing her finances?

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 10th February 2021

Many people are asking why Britney Spears’ father has conservatorship over her finances. Conservatorship is the American equivalent of our system of deputyship. This is the process whereby the court appoints a conservator to manage the finances of a mentally incapacitated person. It is most commonly used for elderly people with dementia.

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Does a child have mental capacity to consent to medical treatment?

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 8th December 2020

The general rule is that a child under the age of 16 is presumed to lack sufficient mental capacity to make decisions about their own medical treatment. In the case of Gillick, the court decided that contraception can be prescribed to under sixteens without parental consent if the child has sufficient maturity and intelligence to understand what this involves. This is known as Gillick competence.

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