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Judge Approves Amanda Bynes Conservatorship

Aug. 10, 2013

A Ventura County Superior Court judge approved Amanda Bynes' mother temporary conservatorship and control over the actress' multimillion dollar estate.

Lynn and Richard Bynes appeared Friday before Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen Reiser in an Oxnard probate courtroom.

Before making his decision, Reiser said he read various reports, including a medical review completed by court investigators and psychiatrist Dr. Mounir Balcadi.

Judge Reiser said the actress "lacks the capacity to give informed consent of medical treatment" and granted Lynn Bynes control over her daughter's estate and other medical dealings.

Bynes was not present in court. She remains under an LPS or Mental Health Conservatorship hold at a psychiatric treatment facility, and was therefore was not required to be present during Friday's temporary hearing.

Judge Reiser also order a bond posted in the amount of $3.57 million.

Conservatorships are typically requested to gain control over a person's basic living decisions, such as money and medical treatment. The conservatorship needs Reiser's approval.

Bynes' court appointed attorney, Senior Deputy Public Defender Mary Shae, said Bynes did not believe a conservatorship was necessary and filed a motion to continue the temporary hearing. Reiser denied that request and scheduled Bynes' general conservatorship hearing for Sept. 30.

Reiser also approved a motion to seal records related to Bynes' medical and psychiatric information, including testimony provided by Lynn Bynes.

While Judge Reiser sealed medical records, he denied both parties' request to close proceedings from members of the media.

Judge Reiser also approved Lynn Bynes and Texas-based Suretec Insurance Company power of attorney over Bynes' $3.7 million estate.

Bynes was placed on 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization last month. According to court records of the conservatorship request obtained by The Star, Bynes set a gasoline canister on fire at a residential area in Thousand Oaks. Her pants caught fire and she took them off at the scene while trying to put out the flames. Witnesses said Bynes' dog also might have caught on fire. She went to a nearby liquor store looking for a way to wash gasoline off her dog, according to the records.

Bynes had been living in New York before the incident, and her parents were informed she was back in California sometime around July 20.

Bynes' parents said they were "deeply concerned" that she is a danger to herself and others. They said she appears to have substance abuse problems and spent more than $1.2 million of her savings in a short amount of time.


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