Britney Spears’ co-conservator asks judge to let her appoint her own attorney – leaving just her father Jamie standing in her way
- Jodi Montgomery filed paperwork on Wednesday requesting that Britney be allowed to select her own attorney
- Montgomery has been Britney’s Conservator of Person since 2019
- In private, Britney has been asking her to help her get a new lawyer
- Her court appointed attorney Sam Ingham resigned earlier this week
- Britney says she never knew she could request to end the conservatorship
- In order for a judge to end it, Britney’s lawyer has to file paperwork asking for it to be terminated
- Earlier this week, Britney’s mother Lynne filed papers asking for Britney to be allowed to appoint her own attorney
- Bessemer Trust, the company that was in charge of finances with Jamie, also resigned after her court testimony
Britney Spears’ co-conservator Jodi Montgomery has now asked the court to let her appoint her own attorney to end her conservatorship, leaving just the singer’s father Jamie in her way.
Montgomery was appointed as Britney’s Conservator of the Person in 2019, 11 years after the conservatorship was put in place because she was deemed unable to make her own decisions.
Britney had, by that point, been under the advice of court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham for 11 years. Ingham resigned on Tuesday and now Britney is without an attorney.
Jamie, her father, is the Conservator of the Estate, meaning he controls her finances while Montgomery, a professional conservator, is in charge of personal decisions.
She is not stepping down – doing so would not end the conservatorship, but open the court up to appointing someone else – and instead says she’ll help Britney by letting her get her own lawyer, who can then file the paperwork needed to end the legal saga.
These texts between Britney Spears and Jodi Montgomery reveal the singer’s request to her to help her find a new attorney who will then file papers to terminate the conservatorship. They were submitted to the court on Wednesday by Jodi as proof that she is trying to help the singer
In documents filed on Wednesday afternoon, Montgomery’s attorney says: ‘After 13 years of court-appointed counsel, Ms Spears wants to select her own counsel.
Jodi Montgomery is a professional conservator who has been Britney’s Conservator of the Person since 2019. She has gone against her father Jamie for restricting the singer’s finances and says she is now getting death threats
‘In addition to her very public comments, Ms Spears has told Ms. Montgomery privately that she wants to select her own counsel and has asked Ms. Montgomery, as her Conservator of the person, to help her in the selection process.
‘While Ms. Montgomery is always driven to help Ms. Spears in whatever way she can, there is no question that Ms Montgomery’s input on Ms. Spears counsel is beyond her powers and is inappropriate in light of Ms. Spears recent criticisms of her conservatorship.
‘Nonetheless, she has heard her words and wants to honor her wishes. she believes it is urgent and important for her to bring this issue to the court.’
Her petition asks for a Guardian At Litem to be appointed, who will represent Britney in the Conservatorship proceedings until she’s found a new attorney.
Montgomery recommends a large firm to be selected from the annual American Law 100 rankings.
If Britney appoints her own attorney and they file a request to terminate the Conservatorship, it will be down to the judge – Brenda Penny – to either grant it or not.
Britney told the court on June 23 that she wasn’t aware she could file such a request so she never asked her lawyer to do it.
Ingham, her attorney, did not publicly state why he resigned nor has he confirmed if he ever told Britney she had the right to end the legal arrangement.
Britney (shown in 2018) said on June 23 that she had no idea she could ask the court to terminate the Conservatorship that has been in place since 2008
Britney’s father Jamie, pictured recently, is refusing to step down and remains in control of her finances
Jamie Spears, her father, has not spoken publicly about the court battle in recent weeks.
In a court filing on Wednesday that was obtained by DailyMail.com, Lynne Spears asks Judge Brenda Penny to ‘listen to the wishes of her daughter’.
Her attorney wrote: ‘On June 23, 2021 in very courageous showing, Conservatee [Britney] appeared by phone and spoke for almost twenty—five minutes, baring her heart to the Court in an impassioned plea to be heard on several requests.
‘Petitioner Lynne Spears, interested party and mother of the Conservatee, hereby petitions this Court to listen to the wishes of her daughter, and as first step, respectfully requests an Order granting permission to the Conservatee to hire her own private legal counsel.’
Lynne’s attorney goes on to say Britney has ‘quite literally earned hundreds of millions of dollars’ as a celebrity and can care for herself.
‘It is beyond dispute that this is a unique conservatorship. In the original petition for appointment, her given address was the UCLA Medical Center.
‘That was over 13 years ago.
‘Now and for the past many years, she is able to care for her person and in fact has, inside the parameters of this conservatorship, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celerity.
‘She should no longer be held to the same standard,’ Lynne’s attorney wrote.
Jamie and Lynne divorced in 2002 at the height of the singer’s career.
TIMELINE OF BRITNEY’S COMPLEX CONSERVATORSHIP AND HOW IT BEGAN
Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated
2002: Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears divorce.
Britney breaks up with Justin Timberlake around the same time
2004: Britney marries Kevin Federline
2007: Britney, struggling through a custody battle and split with Kevin, shaves her head and attacks a paparazzo’s car
2008: Jamie Spears files for conservatorship of Britney, claiming she is not legally well enough to make her own decisions
Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline. Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship
2009-2019: QUIET CONSERVATORSHIP YEARS
The conservatorship – which had been temporary – is extended every year.
In court papers, Jamie’s attorneys describe how she is making more money
January 2019: THE ARRANGEMENT STARTS TO CRUMBLE
Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency
Britney announces an ‘indefinite’ work hiatus and cancels her lucrative Las Vegas residency.
Jamie files paperwork asking for the conservatorship to be extended beyond California, to apply in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida as well
He steps down as her primary conservator after allegations he abused one of her sons but is still listed as one of those in charge
Early 2020: Britney, Jamie and Jamie-Lynne are in Louisiana together for two weeks.
The #FreeBritney movement is picking up.
His attorneys claim everyone is happy together and enjoying spending time together in quarantine.
November 2020: Britney’s attorneys claim in papers that she’s afraid of her father and they ask for Bessemer Trust to be put in charge.
Her fans start speculating over her cryptic Instagram posts and videos that she wants a way out.
December 2020: The conservatorship is extended until September 2021
February 5 2021: Framing Britney Spears debuts on Hulu
The conservatorship that Britney was put under is ordinarily used in situations where older, perhaps senile people, can no longer look after their own affairs.
Fans are concerned for her well-being and want her to be released from the control of her father, Jamie, who can still legally make decisions on her behalf
It gives control over to an appointed conservator for the best interest of the recipient but in most cases, the recipient is not healthy enough to make their own money, unlike Britney who makes millions. Under the rules of the probate conservatorship, Jamie now has equal control over her estate to a third party and an attorney, Andrew Wallet. Wallet derives a salary of $426,000 a year from Britney’s estate.
He, Jamie and the third party who was brought on recently can make deals on her behalf and restrict her visitors.
JUNE 23, 2021 – BRITNEY SPEAKS OUT IN COURT
Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari are in Hawaii together now with her kids
In emotional testimony, Britney told the court that she had suffered psychologically for years as a result of the conservatorship which she said was so restrictive, she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth control
JUNE 30 – JUDGE DENIES BRITNEY’S REQUEST TO REMOVE JAMIE
Judge Brenda Penny, responding to Britney’s November 2020 request, refuses to remove Jamie from the agreement.
She doesn’t say why but she does invite her attorney to file paperwork to end it, which he doesn’t.
JULY 1 – BESSEMER TRUST RESIGNS AFTER BEING PUT IN CHARGE WITH JAMIE
A day after the judge’s ruling, Bessemer Trust, which had been brought on, resigned, saying they were never aware that Britney wanted to end the conservatorship.
In a court filing, the company’s attorneys said: ‘We heard her and respect her wishes.’
JULY 5 – BRITNEY’S LONG-TIME MANAGER RESIGNS
Larry Rudolph wrote a letter to Jamie and the conservatorship to say he was no longer needed since Britney wanted to retire.
He said he hadn’t spoken to her for two years but had been told by others that she wanted to step down.
JULY 6 – BRITNEY’S ATTORNEY STEPS DOWN
Sam Ingham, the attorney appointed to represent Britney in 2008, steps down after failing to file paperwork to terminate the conservatorship, despite her pleas.
JULY 14 – NEXT COURT HEARING
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