Britney Spears’ conservatorship has ended, according to a judge’s decision on Friday. After openly dealing with mental health concerns that came to a climax in 2008, the 39-year-old pop star Britney has been under legal guardianship for 13 years.
Spears has been attempting to end her conservatorship for more than a year to recover her independence and have a role in her medical treatment.
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After filing abuse charges against her father, James Spears, Spears was allowed to hire her attorney, Hollywood lawyer Mathew Rosengart, and petitioned to have a certified public accountant take over management of her conservatorship.
James Spears has officially rejected these allegations. In late September, Penny appointed California accountant John Zabel as the temporary conservator of Spears’ finances after suspending James Spears as his daughter’s guardian. Zabel will stay on for the time being to assist Spears with any lingering money problems.
Before suspending James Spears from his position, Penny termed the situation “toxic” and “unsustainable.” “What’s next for Britney, also this is the first time this could be said for about a decade, is up to somebody: Britney,” Rosengart told reporters before the hearing.
Earlier this summer, it was uncertain what Spears would be free from her conservatorship. Still, a storm of emotional personal testimony from the pop star, as well as several damaging documentaries, thrust the #FreeBritney movement into the spotlight. During each session, fans gathered outside the Los Angeles courthouse, holding support banners for the pop artist.
When James Spears’ health began to fail in 2019, a licensed private fiduciary, Jodi Montgomery, was appointed as a temporary conservator. Montgomery is shown to have worked with therapists and doctors to create a care plan for Spears that will see her through the conclusion of her conservatorship and beyond.
However, Spears may face additional legal issues in the future. Rosengart has promised to look into James Spears’ involvement in the conservatorship, including how he handled Spears’ funds and allegations that he put a listening device in the pop star’s room.
Alex Weingarten, a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s litigation department, was recently hired to represent James Spears. Vivian Thoreen, an executive partner at Holland & Knight’s Los Angeles office, described him.
Source: CNBC News