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Britney, Hollywood and Protective Proceedings

Total Credits: 5.5 CLE, 1.5 Ethics

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Mental Health and Elder Law
Original Program Date:
Jun 27, 2022


The conservatorship of Britney Spears captured the attention of the world and showed a challenging side of protective proceedings. Films such as I Care a Lot have done the same. Can what happened to Britney or Diane Wiest’s character happen to someone in Arizona? There are legal protections in place, but how well do they work in Arizona compared to California? And how do judges, attorneys and fiduciaries navigate the space to try to ensure those subjected to the proceedings receive only the protections that are appropriate? The program explores these issues as well as the media’s challenge to get the story right and ethical issues regarding representation of proposed protected people and the challenges of serving high-functioning individuals who might be at risk if they were to go it alone.

What You’ll Learn:
  • The laws and regulations that help keep Arizona’s protective proceedings on track - different from California’s
  • Managing the challenges of representing an alleged incapacitated person or a protected person
  • Procedures and protections that aim to hold fiduciaries accountable once a protective arrangement has been established

Presented by:
Elder Law, Mental Health, & Special Needs Planning Section

Jacquelyne J. Mingle, Fleming & Curti, PLC
Megan Trog, DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, PC

Jason Cobb, Fiduciary, Compass Fiduciary Group, Phoenix
Stephen W. Dale, Attorney, Dale Law Firm, Pacheco, Calif.
Suzanne Diaz, Diaz Law Offices, Tucson
Sey In, Arizona Center for Disability Rights
Hon. Amy Kalman, Maricopa County Superior Court
Maria Puente, Reporter, USA Today, Arlington, Va.
Patricia Sallen, Ethics at Law PLLC
Alexia J. Semlek, Anderson & Semlek, PLLC, Phoenix
Robert Way, Mesch Clark Rothschild, Tucson