Sam Ingham, who represents Britney Spears in her trusteeship, is reportedly planning to step down as the pop icon’s duty counsel.
TMZ first reported the early resignation of Spears’ attorney for 13 years, which comes days after Spears alleged in court that she was unaware she could end the guardianship, which was implemented in California in 2008.
In a statement to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge last week, Spears said she was unaware she could freely apply to enter into wardship.
“I didn’t know I could ask the guardianship to end it,” she said. “I’m sorry for my ignorance, but honestly, I didn’t know.”
The revelation came during an emotional court appearance in which Spears said she was “intimidated” by the guardianship and her father who held authority over her $ 60 million fortune. According to TMZ, Ingham was “extremely upset” by her claim that she never knew she could end the guardianship.
Judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday signed an order denying the singer’s request to have her father dismissed as custodian of his estate.
The request was first filed by Ingham in November last year and said the pop star “strongly opposes” her father as a Tory.
In his role as duty counsel, Ingham is authorized to bill Britney Spears’ estate up to $ 10,000 per week, according to court documents. He has represented more than 600 trusteeship, trust, trusteeship and probate litigation over a career spanning nearly five decades, according to a statement of his powers submitted to the court.
Confidential files previously reported by The New York Times said Britney Spears had been troubled by her father’s role in guardianship for years. Starting in 2014, she had repeatedly asked to end it, but her lawyer had not asked to end the arrangement. Since being appointed Spears’ attorney, Ingham has made nearly $ 3 million.
During the early days of her tutorship, he appeared to thwart Spears’ efforts to retain trial attorney Adam Streisand who testified that she had a “strong desire” that her father was not conservative. (A judge ultimately sided with statements from Ingham and a psychiatrist who said Spears lacked the capacity to retain legal counsel.)
Representatives for Jamie Spears have argued that the singer can end the guardianship whenever she chooses. Ingham did not file a motion to end the trusteeship.
Guardianship was established due to concerns about the pop singer’s mental health and potential substance abuse issues. In 2019, a licensed professional restaurateur took charge of his personal care.
Ingham’s resignation plans come after Larry Rudolph, Britney’s longtime manager since the mid-1990s, announced he would step down because the pop icon no longer wants to be a megastar. Rudolph sent a letter on Monday to Spears ‘father and court-appointed Jodi Montgomery, Spears’ person curator since 2019.
“Earlier today I learned that Britney has expressed her intention to officially retire … As a manager, I think it is in Britney’s best interest that I resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed, ”he said. mentionned.
Ingham did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The next court hearing is scheduled for July 14.