The #FreeBritney effect: Conservatorships under scrutiny

People hold signs at a rally.
Supporters of the #FreeBritney movement rally in support of Britney Spears following a conservatorship court hearing in Los Angeles in March.
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The #FreeBritney movement has put the immense power that court-ordered guardians have over their wards in the spotlight and sounded alarms about the potential for conservatorship and guardianship abuse. 

The concern is especially salient given the aging of the American population. Elders may be especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation due to social isolation or mental impairment.

Now, calls for change are building.

Guest host Chris Farrell spoke with two experts on guardianship about how the system works, what reforms are necessary and what steps you can take to reduce the risk of exploitation. 


Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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