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Britney files for father to be replaced as conservator

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Britney files for father to be replaced as conservator

As an update to my previous blog about Britney Spears’ conservatorship which can be found here (Britney Spears conservatorship and how this works in England (birkettlong.co.uk), Britney’s lawyer has officially filed for her father to be replaced as her conservator.

Britney’s new lawyer, Mathew S.Rosengart, filed the petition at court on 26 July, a month after Britney gave her ground-breaking testimony to the court that the conservatorship was ‘abusive’. In this petition Mr Rosengart asked for accountant Jason Rubin to be the conservator of Britney’s estate, which is said to contain cash assets of £1.95 million and non-cash assets of more than £41 million. Britney’s previous lawyer of 13 years resigned after Britney’s testimony.

The move to replace Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, is thought to be the first step in examining the validity of the whole conservatorship. The petition states there are serious questions about James Spears’s “potential misconduct, including conflicts of interest, conservatorship abuse and the evident dissipation of Ms Spears’s fortune”. 

Jamie Spears receives a salary of £11,500 per a month plus costs for office space and fees from Britney’s performance contracts. The petition states that “Although it is common for managers, agents and other industry professionals to receive a percentage of an artists' earnings, Mr Spears is none of those…He is a conservator, and, as a conservator, his role is to be burdened by, rather than benefit from, the conservatorship."

The conservatorship was put in place in 2008 in response to concerns about Britney’s mental health. Last month Britney said she had been drugged, forced to perform against her will and prevented from having more children. She said she wanted her father removed from his role, claiming he works her so hard and threatened to punish her if she didn’t follow orders. 

Britney also said on Instagram that she would not perform again whilst her father had control of her affairs. Jamie Spears has repeatedly denied any accusations of abuse and has expressed concerns for Britney’s wellbeing.

In the papers lodged to petition for Jamie’s removal, it is claimed that his relationship with Britney is “venomous” and that the conservatorship “impairs Ms Spears’s mental health, her will-being, and her ability to pursue and continue with her extraordinary career.”

Jamie Spears has yet to respond but his lawyer has previously told the court that what Britney says about her father is “simply not true” and that there were a number of “misstatements” in her version of events.

The hearing to remove Jamie Spears and replace him with Jason Rubin is due to take place on 29 September.

How does it work in England?

In England, the Court of Protection manages the affairs of people who lack the capacity to do so themselves. If someone has not appointed an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney, the Court of Protection can make decisions or appoint a deputy to make the decisions for them.

If you are concerned about how a deputy is managing someone’s affairs, or believe a deputy needs to be removed or replaced, please contact our specialist Court of Protection team at Birkett Long who will be able to assist you. 

If you require information on this topic please contact Lisa Cox via lisa.cox@birkettlong.co.uk or 01206 21730.

 

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