A few weeks ago, Britney Spears was given the right to employ her own lawyer rather than a state-appointed one. Yesterday, her new legal representative, Mathew Rosengart, filed paperwork to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed from her conservatorship and replaced by the certified public accountant, Jason Rubin.
This follows the news that Britney Spears claimed in court that she was unaware that she could petition to have her conservatorship terminate during previous legal proceedings.
When Britney Spears burst onto the scene in 1998 with ‘…Baby One More Time’, she was only sixteen years old. From the very start, this has created issues with who controls the singer’s estate.
In 2008, the singer’s management was placed in the hands of her legal guardians in an arrangement known as conservatorship after the singer’s mental health issues unfurled publicly. This public distress was also notably only a few months after the singer gave birth, which could have hinted at an undiagnosed paternal condition.
Under US law, a conservatorship is defined as “the appointment of a guardian or a protector by a judge to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another person due to old age or physical or mental limitations.”
Thus, following the 2008 ruling, Britney Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, has been in control of her estate and management. In recent years, however, the singer has been attempting to legally dismiss him from the role and retain control of her own affairs.
Only last week, she appeared in court and alleged a series of abusive treatments she had suffered as a consequence of her ongoing conservatorship. She stated that her coffee and vitamins had been confiscated and emotionally pleaded to Judge Brenda Penny, “Ma’am, that’s not abuse, that’s just f****** cruelty,” before adding, “Excuse my language but it’s the truth.”
It is hoped by many of her fans that this latest legal strategy and her newly instated lawyer can bring about the end of this lingering case, with more updates expected in the coming days and weeks.