Amanda Bynes’ Conservatorship Is Expected To Be Terminated Tuesday


Actress Amanda Bynes’ nine-year-long conservatorship is expected to be terminated Tuesday, four months after Britney Spears’ high-profile conservatorship was abolished and drew attention to the dangers and constrictions of these legal agreements.

Key Facts

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Roger L. Lund issued a temporary ruling Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times, writing “that the conservatorship is no longer required” and that “grounds for establishment of a conservatorship of the person no longer exist.”

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. EST.

Bynes, 36, filed to end her conservatorship of person and estate last month, an agreement which was managed by her mother Lynn.

Bynes’ attorney David A. Esquibias told Forbes he expects the court to terminate the conservatorship.

Key Background

Bynes started acting as a young child and by age 11 was leading her own sketch-comedy series, The Amanda Show, on Nickelodeon. As a teen and young adult she starred in beloved rom-coms like What A Girl Wants, She’s The Man and Easy A, and also starred in the blockbuster musical Hairspray. Bynes was placed under a conservatorship by her parents Lynn and Rick Bynes in 2013 at age 25 after a series of erratic behavior that included starting a small fire in her driveway, being arrested for a DUI and other issues. The star has said that she struggled with mental health issues. Unlike the dissolution of Spears’ conservatorship, which was complicated and involved several lengthy hearings in which Spears equated the conservatorship to “abuse,” Bynes’ parents “100 percent support her decision to end the conservatorship,” a lawyer for the couple told NBC News last month. Bynes has since left acting and has studied at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Further Reading

Amanda Bynes files petition to end conservatorship, has parents’ support (NBC News)

Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Terminated After 13 Years (Forbes)

Britney Spears’ Father Jamie Suspended From Controversial Conservatorship (Forbes)