Amanda Bynes's parents are determined to help her. And their first step is to get control of her life.
Lynn and Rick Bynes arrived at Ventura County Superior Court in Oxnard, California, Friday at 8:30 a.m. to request a conservatorship over their 27-year-old daughter. Lawyer Tamar Arminak joined them to help plead their case before the judge.
However, Judge Glen M. Reiser refused to make any ruling today because Amanda was not present in court.
Bynes's parents were granted a request Thursday to extend Amanda's temporary psych hold for up to an additional two weeks. Reiser postponed the hearing until August 9, the date of that extension and when she can report to court.
In their conservator petition, obtained by "omg! Insider," Lynn and Rick state: "We are deeply concerned that Amanda poses a substantial risk to herself, to others and to property based on recent events in her life.
"Amanda has profound issues with her body image and is obsessed with the idea that she (and others) are ugly ... She talks incessantly about cosmetic surgeries that she wants completed. She also encourages her mother to have plastic surgeries. We are concerned that the surgeries she wants to have are dangerous and detrimental to her health.
"Prior to moving to New York, Amanda was extremely paranoid about being 'watched,' including at our residence," her parents continue. "She would cover smoke alarms with towels, tape windows shut, and cover her car's dashboard with cardboard and tape out of fear that cameras were watching her from inside these places."
Amanda Bynes heads to court in NYC, July 9 (Splash News)
The petition reveals that Amanda's parents have no idea how she traveled from NYC to California last week. "Up until approximately July 20, 2013, Amanda was living in New York City. Sometime around July 20, 2013, we were informed that she was back in California. When we asked her about how she arrived (since she has no driver's license or other identification) she said she 'cabbed it.' We do not know how she actually traveled from New York to California. We also do not know where she had been staying prior to her psychiatric hold as she has no residence in California. We believe she is essentially homeless."
The Byneses go on to say that they are concerned about how the former Nickelodeon star is spending large amounts of her savings. The petition estimates the value of Amanda's estate at $3.4 million, with $2.5 million in real property.
"Based upon a review of banking information which we can access, she has written approximately $63,000 in checks from one of her bank accounts between the period of May 3, 2013 and July 19, 2013," it continues. "Several of these checks are made out to 'cash,' including checks for $9,200, $2,500, and $6,744." The court docs also indicate that Amanda wrote checks amounting to $15,000 to a "Mustafa Lo," and made withdrawals of $100,000 both on June 4, 2013, and on July 2, 2013.
"Amanda had amassed approximately $4,000,000 in savings, but she has spent approximately $1,200,000 of that money in a short amount of time. She has a modest amount of rental income coming in from two properties that she owns, but she has no other source of income at this time."
Amanda, who is being held at a Los Angeles-area hospital, was represented by a new court-appointed attorney, Mary Shea.
Reiser said that he hopes Amanda appears in court on August 9 and told her parents that if she were to get out early, it would be their attorney's responsibility to let the court know so that they could get the hearing moved up.
"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."
Bynes was originally taken into a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold on Monday after allegedly trying to set a fire in the driveway of a 73-year-old woman in an L.A. suburb.
It's not the former actress's first psychiatric evaluation. On May 23, she was taken into Roosevelt Hospital in New York City after allegedly throwing a bong out the window of her 36th floor apartment when police came to investigate whether or not she was smoking pot in her building.
That is one of two criminal cases pending against Bynes, who will not be charged in the fire-setting. She also still faces a DUI-related count in Los Angeles.
Check out our slideshow timeline of Amanda's troubles ... below!
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