We’re Here To Help: When Guardianship Goes Wrong

Brandeis Univ. Oct. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781684581672. $35. LAW
One of the biggest news stories in recent years was the conservatorship ruling about pop star Britney Spears. Her case played a significant part in exposing the corruption of the U.S. guardianship and conservatorship system. While Spears had support from the general public, many others find themselves under the rule of a guardian with no way out. Award-winning investigative journalist/syndicated columnist Dimond (Thinking Outside the Crime and Justice Box) dives deep into those issues from the perspectives of both the people who were placed under a guardianship and their loved ones who tried everything to get them out. Their testimonials enhance Dimond’s extensive research that shows that many people lose their rights and freedom due to poorly regulated state courts and people seeking financial gain. The book includes feasible action items people can take to protect themselves.
VERDICT This book provides clear evidence of the problems within the U.S. guardianship and conservatorship system and how easily it can affect anyone at any time. Readers interested in law, civil rights, and stories about everyday people will be drawn in quickly, but it’s a book for everyone.
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