A lawyer for Britney Spears has asked the court to expedite a hearing on a request to remove or immediately suspend her father, who has controlled the 39-year-old singer’s life and finances for the past 13 years.
The petition, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Probate Court, comes a week after Ms. Spears’ attorney filed for Mr. Spears’ removal By arrangement. The court is set to hear the request on 29 September, but the new filing seeks Mr Spears’ removal earlier, noting that “every day that passes is avoidable harm and prejudice to Ms. Spears and the estate.” It’s another day.”
Requests continue after an aggressive new approach Singer’s court testimony in June, when she called the arrangement “disgraceful” and said that her father and any other person involved in the guardianship should go to jail. The filing was done by Ms. Spears’ new attorney, Matthew S. rosengarto, a former federal prosecutor who was approved to replace last month court appointed lawyer who began representing the singer in 2008, when she was granted guardianship amid concerns over Ms Spears’ mental health and potential substance abuse.
Spears’ removal request cited a section of the Probate Code that gives the court wide discretion to remove a custodian if it is in the “best interest” of the custodian and that there is no fault with a custodian. No need to find out.
According to court papers, Ms. Spears’ medical team, her mother and her current personal mentor, Jodie Montgomery, have said that Mr. Spears’ removal is in Ms. Spears’ best interest.
Since 2008, Mr Spears has overseen his daughter’s finances, sometimes with a co-mentor. She also largely controlled Ms. Spears’ personal and medical care until Ms. Montgomery took over on an ongoing temporary basis in September 2019.
The petition argued that Mr Spears’ presence as a mentor was hurting Mrs Spears financially, as the singer announced she would not work until she left. In the filing, Ms. Spears’s attorney also criticized Mr. Spears’ management of the singer’s nearly $60 million estate.
Mr Spears’ lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but have previously defended his daughter’s care and concern.
Mr. Spears is paid $16,000 per month as a custodian, which the petition claims is $2,000 more than the amount allocated to Ms. Spears. Mr. Spears also receives $2,000 per month for office expenses.
Mr. Spears’ lawyers are also paid by Ms. Spears. The filing notes that a group of her attorneys recently billed Ms. Spears’s estate more than $1.3 million for nearly eight months of work, including more than $540,000 for “media matters” that were a part of conservatives. was made to defend. The filing said that if Mr. Spears chooses to fight his ouster, he could be liable for attorneys’ fees.
In the filing, Mr Rosengart said Mr Spears had paid Mr Spears’ former business manager, Trai Star Sports and Entertainment, more than $300,000 in 2019. Trai Star was commissioning 5 percent of Ms. Spears’ work, but asked for a $500,000 payment from the property as “floors” when Ms. Spears left. an indefinite work interval. The filing reports Mr Spears agreed to the payment rather than negotiate a more favorable settlement.
In court last year, a lawyer for Mr Spears justified the fees.
The filing said that, even though Mr Spears spent Ms Spears’ money on herself and others, she resisted her request to take a brief vacation to Hawaii in late July as “unnecessary”. The filing says that Ms. Spears’s law firm eventually obtained approval for the trip.
Mr. Rosengart has requested that Jason Rubin, a certified public accountant in California, be named in place of Mr. Spears.
“A guardianship should be a last resort, designed to benefit the conservatorship, rather than a mechanism designed to serve as a tool for the promotion of third parties,” the filing said. “It is clear that this conservatism has allowed potentially influential people to take control of the estate and exploit Ms. Spears, often to their advantage. The suspension and eventual removal of Mr. Spears would be the first step towards rectifying that abuse. “