Britney Spears latest updates – Conservatorship bombshell with star to speak in court about extent of dad's control

BRITNEY Spears is set to break her silence on her conservatorship and speak in court about it for the first time.

The superstar singer's dad currently controls huge amounts of his daughter's life and Britney isn't even allowed to manage her own finances.

The conservatorship was introduced more than a decade ago during Britney's well-publicised mental health battles – but she is long considered to be functioning at a level that allows her to retake control of her life.

But as the recent Framing Britney documentary explained, a person living under a conservatorship cannot declare themselves fit – it is down to those placed in charge of their life to relinquish the control.

In Britney's case, fans have accused her dad Jamie Spears of refusing to do that in order to essentially keep her under his control and use her starpower as his own personal cash cow.

The claims have led to the #FreeBritney movement, which has grown around the world, although Britney herself has always been reluctant to discuss the matter in public.

Now that's changed with Britney reportedly requesting to address a court directly to discuss reclaiming control of her life,

According to CNN, the singer's attorney Samuel D. Ingham III told a Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday "Britney wants to address the court directly," adding she would like it to happen within the next month.

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    Framing Britney Spears is an exclusive documentary that looks at her rise to fame and why she ended up in court with her dad.

    The official synopsis of the film reads: "People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her phenomenal career and brutal downfall, as she battles her father in court over who should control her life."

    For UK viewers, it is now available to stream through NowTV. The Entertainment Pass will cost you £9.99 a month.

    However, if you are in the US, Framing Britney Spears premiered on FX and FX Hulu on February 5, 2021.

    It is now available to watch exclusively on Hulu.

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    Earlier this year, a documentary about  he tumultuous life of Britney and her conservatorship battle, caused uproar.

    On April 27, 2021, it was announced by her court-appointed lawyer in her conservatorship case that Britney will be addressing the courts directly.

    A conservatorship is a form of legal guardianship.

    It grants a chosen individual full authority over another's life and assets.

    The conservator typically holds the same rights and responsibilities as a parent would over a child.

    It is typically enacted for individuals who are incapable of making their own decisions.

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    It is not clear which other high profile names Ingham has represented.

    However, his LinkedIn page states how the lawyer "regularly represents banks and licensed professional fiduciaries as well as individuals."

    Ingham added: "Also I serve on the Appointed Counsel Panel for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

    "The Court has appointed me to act as attorney, guardian ad litem, referee and master in cases as large as $500 million."

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    Britney's lawyer proposed that the hearing be scheduled on an “expedited basis,” preferably within 30 days.

    Spears’s lawyer did not say what the 39-year-old singer wants to tell Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny.

    However, the judge scheduled a June 23 hearing on the status of the conservatorship.

  • Hana Carter


    Jamie Spears has been in control of Britney Spears' estate and career since 2008.

    He was appointed the singer's guardian and conservator after Britney suffered a breakdown and ended up needing psychiatric treatment in hospital.

    But Britney's lawyers last year filed for her father to be removed as conservator, arguing in a Los Angeles court that Spears was “afraid of her father” but they lost the court battle in November.

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    At the most recent hearing into Britney's case, her lawyer Samuel D Ingham III told a judge in Los Angeles he would file a petition to make the appointment permanent.

    The key legal papers HAVE NOW been filed and obtained by the PA news agency.

    Popstar Britney has also requested that she address the court herself at her next hearing.

    According to the New York Times, Mr Ingham said: “The conservatee has requested that I seek from the court a status hearing at which she can address the court directly.”

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    Jamie Spears had been in control of both the singer's financial and personal affairs before stepping down from the latter role in September 2019 due to health reasons.

    Jodi Montgomery – a care professional – then replaced him on what has been a temporary basis.

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    Samuel D. Ingham III is a lawyer based in Ojai, California.

    He studied at the University of California School of Law and is now a State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust a Probate Law.

    In addition, Ingham has been trained and qualified as a mediator by the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    A bio on the laywer's LinkedIn page reads: "My practice is devoted to court proceedings involving conservatorships and trusts.

    "These areas both involve the application of complex laws to challenging family situations.

    "Over the years, I have developed a "problem solving" approach to these cases to avoid or minimise litigation and arrive at a cost-effective resolution."

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