When former child star Amanda Bynes was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after setting fire to a neighbor's driveway, her parents rushed to court to gain control of her money and her life.
But a California judge wisely delayed making a decision on conservatorship until Bynes is well enough to appear in court to speak for herself. The judge also determined that Bynes, 27, and her parents had limited contact with each other before the arson incident.
According to gossip website TMZ, Bynes was given an early diagnosis of "schizophrenic tendencies".
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser stated that, because the actress is currently under a 14-day psychiatric hold after a reported driveway-burning incident, an emergency decision wasn't necessary.
Rick, 68, and Lynn Bynes, 66, appeared somber as they attended the Friday hearing along with their attorney Tamar Arminak, who stated that the reason for the conservatorship application was because the parents feared their daughter would be released following her three-day hold.
Reiser set a new hearing for Aug. 9, when he hopes Amanda would be present in court, facilitated by her court-appointed attorney, Mary Shea.
"I need to have a dialogue with [the actress] to gauge the propriety of a conservatorship to move forward," Reiser said. "There are issues of liberty and property."
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