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Should Conservatorships be Reformed?

53% yes
47% no

Americans have recently been captivated by the news surrounding Britney Spears and her conservatorship. While a judge recently ruled that her father would no longer be a conservator—a person who is essentially a guardian who makes financial decisions on behalf of another individual—the debate over reform in the system continues. This debate raises important issues about economic self-governance. 

 Those who support reforming conservatorships argue that in their current form it is too easy to abuse the system. They argue that some people may have needed a conservator at one point, but it is too difficult for that individual to regain control over their financial life and personal affairs once they have again proven themselves to be responsible. Additionally, they may argue that in the current system it is too easy for the conservator to abuse their position by being overly controlling of their ward. 

 Those who oppose reforming conservatorships argue that the current form is beneficial to both the conservator and the ward. They contend that there should be a high bar that must be met before an individual can leave a conservatorship. They argue that the individual showed serious signs of irresponsibility or mental illness, and that the conservatorship is beneficial to all people involved. Additionally, they may argue that the current legal system of judges frequently reviewing conservatorships is a sufficient check against abuse. 

 So, what do you think? Should Conservatorships be Reformed? Students can answer Yes, they should; No, they should not; or a nuanced answer in between! Be sure to submit your answers by 10/11 to be considered for this week’s prize.

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:  

  • Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner  
  • Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers  
  • Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors  
  • They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner  
  • They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly 


For this question, BRI will be giving away two $25 gift cards, one to each person providing the best defense of each side of the debate. Both students will also win BRI swag. Each student winner will also be entered for a chance to win a grand prize of a $1,000 cash scholarship. Additionally, the referring teachers for both students will each win a $25 gift card and BRI swag.

This question will run from 10/01/21 to 10/09/21, so be sure to submit your answers in time to be considered for our prizes!

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