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Northern Illinois University Law Review


In this article the author will explore the state of conservatorships in the United States and how, too often, individuals with disabilities are abused and taken advantage of in this structure. The author will discuss particular areas of conservatorship abuse, including: financial abuse, physical abuse, exploitation, and death. The author will then proceed to discuss potential solutions to curb conservatorship abuse and how best to improve the conservatorship system in the United States. Particular solutions discussed include: special needs trusts, federal legislation (past, current, and future), and supported decision-making.

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Ashleigh M. Zurek, Beyond #FreeBritney: A Legal Analysis of the Conservatorship System in the United States, 43 N. Ill. Univ. L Rev. 29 (2022).

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