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The Legality of the Agreement at the Heart of the Michael Oher-Tuohys Dispute is Being Challenged

In 2004, Michael Oher agreed to allow the Memphis couple he lived with to make decisions for him about signing contracts and any medical issues. This agreement, called a conservatorship, was made with the permission of Oher’s biological mother and was signed before Oher joined the Ole Miss football team.

Now, 19 years later, Oher is challenging the agreement in court, accusing the Tuohys of enriching themselves at his expense and lying to him about his legal relationship with them. Oher claims that the conservatorship was used to make the Tuohys his conservators instead of his adoptive parents.

Oher, who played in the NFL for eight seasons, is seeking a full accounting of his assets and accuses the Tuohys of falsely representing themselves as his adoptive parents. He also claims that he received no financial compensation from the movie “The Blind Side,” which was based on his life story.

The demand by Oher has raised questions about the legitimacy of the agreement itself. One expert, Victoria Haneman, a professor of trusts and estates, questioned how a judge approved the conservatorship without evidence of a medical or psychological disability.

Oher’s petition asks for the conservatorship to end and for the Tuohys to pay damages. The Tuohys’ lawyers have stated that they intend to end the conservatorship and that the accounting requested by Oher would not be difficult.

Overall, this case raises important questions about the legalities of conservatorship agreements and the rights of individuals in such arrangements.

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