It's been eight years since Britney Spears' father, along with an attorney, established a conservatorship for the troubled pop star. She was a staple of the tabloids in 2007 and 2008 amid reports of drug abuse and mental illness. She also had a manager whom many felt didn't have her best interests at heart. Her family has said that he supplied her with drugs and took a large cut of her substantial earnings.

Conservatorships are one possible solution that families choose when loved ones are unable to care for themselves or make sound decisions regarding their finances. These conservatorships may be temporary if people able to get help for their problems and turn their lives around.

Why Is Spears' Conservatorship Still in Place?

That brings us back to Britney Spears. The 34-year-old mother of two sons has a $35 million contract with Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and is preparing to release a new album. Her social media posts reflect a happy, doting mom. However, Spears' court-ordered conservatorship is still in place. Her sons are also covered under the conservatorship even though she appears to be the one in charge of parenting them.

One attorney notes that it is odd that "someone is deciding she is fit enough to parent but not take care of herself." However, another says that while the situation is unique, "it seems to have worked out for Ms. Spears' best interests."

Spears appears to have more control over many aspects of her life than most people with conservatorships have. However, important financial decisions are still made by those controlling the conservatorship.

Spears Could Fight a Renewal of the Conservatorship

Conservatorships are subject to renewal. Therefore, Spears could choose to contest hers in court. One attorney speculates that given the changes she's made to her life, it's unlikely that a court would deny a request to end the conservatorship if she made one. However, she may prefer to keep it in place.

If you have a family member or loved one whom you believe needs the control and security provided by a conservatorship, it's wise to seek legal advice from an attorney experienced in setting these up. He or she can help you deal with the intricacies of the legal system and maintain it for as long as you believe it is needed.