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Bynes goes to private facility, mother gets conservatorship

Canton, MI, fans of Amanda Bynes' may have breathed a sigh of relief as she was moved from the Reagan UCLA Medical Center to a private facility outside Los Angeles. Bynes is now under the legal conservatorship of her mother, according to the mother's attorney. The move followed a mental health court proceeding earlier in the month. The actress had been under psychiatric care ordered by the court after she was reported to have started a fire in front of a private home in July 2013.

After that incident, Bynes was put under a 72-hour psychiatric hold that had been repeatedly extended during mental health courtroom proceedings. A week before her mother was effectively named as her conservator, the actress's charge of driving under the influence was moved to the court's mental health division, where a judge was to decide if she would be fit to stand trial. She was charged with DUI in July 2012. In that incident, she was accused of clipping the back of a police cruiser while trying to pass. She refused to take a sobriety test, according to police, and she pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge.

Irrespective of the DUI charge and the alleged fire-setting incident, Bynes was already on probation for driving with a suspended license. Furthermore, she still faced charges in New York for allegedly possessing marijuana and tossing a glass bong out of her apartment's 36th-floor window.

Guardianships and conservatorships can help parents and other responsible parties in Canton see to the special needs of children in their care. An attorney with a background in protecting children's rights may offer valuable assistance to clients seeking the legal authority to take care of those they love.

Source: LA Times, "Amanda Bynes under mother's conservatorship, moves to private rehab", Richard Winton, September 30, 2013

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