Britney Spears’ motion to have her father removed from the conservatory will be heard today in a Los Angeles court.
The singer’s father, Jamie Spears, has had tight control over her life and finances since her public collapse in 2007, and this year the arrangement caused a media frenzy thanks to the #FreeBritney movement.
The 38-year-old is trying to regain control in court, where among other things she wants to have her father recalled as sole curator. Spears says her father is not willing to share control of her assets of over $60 million.
A guardianship is the appointment of a guardian by a court to manage a person’s life due to their physical or mental limitations. This type of guardianship is usually established for a person who is unable to make important personal or financial decisions.
The decision to establish a permanent guardianship relationship may seem unusual for someone as young as Spears, who has released a number of albums in recent years, has spent time in Las Vegas, and worked as a judge on The X Factor.
In a motion filed this week with the Superior Court in Los Angeles, Spears says she wants to retain the conservatory – referred to in a number of other states as legal guardianship – and appoint a person or company to oversee her estate.
“This is voluntary guardianship. The conservator wishes to exercise her right to appoint a curator of the estate,” wrote her attorney Samuel Ingham III in the document.
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In October, a request to expand her team of lawyers was granted, allowing Spears to hire more lawyers for her case.
The “…Baby One More Time” singer is now trying to get the financial management company Bessemer Trust to manage her estate. The company would control her financial assets and have the authority to make decisions about her health and career.
One obstacle to her claim, however, is her family’s claim that she is vulnerable to undue influence.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Spear’s attorney and her mother Lynne’s attorneys filed court documents that checked a box stating that the singer “is substantially unable to manage her financial resources or resist fraud or undue influence.
In August, Spears said she wanted to make her temporary curator, Jodi Montgomery, permanent in the role of singer. Montgomery covered while Jamie Spears felt uncomfortable.
Then in September, the Times reported that Spears “strongly resisted” her father’s decision to remain the sole conservator, and “strongly preferred” to hire an independent company to do so.
Spears’ younger sister, Jamie-Lynn, has also applied to become head of the conservatory. If a judge agrees, the former Zoey 101 actress will have extensive control over her sister’s assets.
In his own documents, Spears’ father argues that he performed well in his role.
“Throughout his service as a conservator, Mr. Spears’ only motivation was his unconditional love for his daughter and his fervent desire to protect her from those who seek to take advantage of her,” according to a document received by AP.
Judge Brenda Penny may not make a decision today (November 10). Britney Spears is expected to appear in court by phone due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus.