Less than 24 hours after longtime Britney Spears manager resigned, the singer’s court-appointed attorney and law firm want to break out of the restrictive tutelage that has controlled the life and career of the singer. former pop princess for the past 13 years.
“SAMUEL D. INGHAM III hereby resigns from his functions of lawyer appointed by the court for BRITNEY JEAN SPEARS, representative, as from the appointment of a new lawyer appointed by the court”, indicates a file filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court by Ingham (read here). The exit proposed by Ingham is accompanied by a decision by the company Loeb & Loeb to also leave the trusteeship.
As with the withdrawal of wealth management firm Bessemer Trust last week as co-custodian of the financial side of Spears’ more than $ 50 million fortune and career, the attorney’s resignation and the law firm will have to be approved by Judge Brenda Penny, who has overseen the probate issue for the past several years.
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Hired to run the money affairs for young Spears together with her father, Bessemer Trust said on July 1 that they had “heard from the curator and respected her wishes” to see the arrangement end or change. In fact, Bessemer Trust has revealed that they believe Britney Spears wanted them involved and consented to guardianship – which she very clearly does not have.
After a number of public and private incidents in the dark years of George W. Bush’s presidency, Spears was placed under penalizing guardianship in 2008. Since the unusual arrangement was instituted, Spears has had only little to no control over her career, personal affairs, medical issues, money and, at least according to deeply disturbing statements she made to court on June 23 over the phone, even her own body – which contains an IUD that Britney Spears wants to withdraw.
In that same explosive DTLA hearing, Spears, 39, made it clear that she felt she had either been misinformed or left in the dark about her true rights under trusteeship and California law. . The “Toxic” singer also indicated that while she loves Ingham, she wanted to be able to decide for herself who should be her representatives and not be forced into them.
During the 20-minute appearance, Spears also said bluntly, “I want my life back… I really believe this guardianship is abusive… I want to end the guardianship without being assessed. I want to petition to end the trusteeship.
The singer said she only recently learned that she can file documents to end or significantly change the guardianship, which is dominated by her ex-father Jamie Spears. Visibly shocked at his client’s revelations, Ingham noted that he wasn’t sure how long he would represent Spears when Judge Penny asked him follow-up and organizational questions. Yet even with all the spotlight on Spears’ guardianship and remote appearance and the strong statements in court on June 23, there were no documents filed with the court by Spears or his representatives to address the real guardianship.
Behind the scenes, lawyer Ingham was reportedly very upset with Spears’ characterization of their relationship and what he said and didn’t tell her, a source familiar with the events told Deadline. Although Ingham has been put into his role by the courts, the attorney privately points out that he has always had Spears’ best interests at the forefront – though what those best interests may be may only be the sticking point here.
A replacement lawyer could be appointed by or during the next hearing in the case, which is set for July 14. However, before anyone has high hopes that this house of cards is about to collapse, Judge Penny dismissed last week. a petition brought by Ingham for Spears seeking to remove her father from guardianship… and that was after the singer’s heartbreaking personal plea to the courts to free her. In a potentially revealing move, the elder Spears early last week filed documents on the court case requesting an investigation into the “serious allegations” his daughter has made about how her life is being hampered – even though the younger Spears places pretty much a lot of than at her doorstep.
As a result, despite some criticism from Spears during that June 23 hearing, co-curator Jodi Montgomery, who has been in charge of the singer’s medical and other matters since 2019, is not going anywhere.
“She remains committed to firmly supporting Ms. Spears in any way she can in her role as personal curator,” Chartered Professional Trustee lawyer Lauriann Wright said on Tuesday. Ms. Just yesterday, Spears asked Ms. Montgomery to continue serving. Ms. Montgomery will continue in her role as Conservator for as long as Ms. Spears and the Court wish.