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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, August 31, 2020

Britney Spears Seeking Substantial Changes to Conservatorship

BritneyFor over a decade, Britney Spears has lived in California under a court-approved conservatorship. The conservatorship is a "complex legal arrangement meant to oversee her personal well-being and finances." This conservatorship was spurred after Spears' infamous public breakdowns, which you are probably aware of. 

Spears' father, James Spears, is mostly in charge of Britney's affairs who has, for the most part, kept it out of public view. However, fans and family members have begun to worry about the control over Britney and her fortune which has led to the #FreeBritney movement. 

Despite her fans and family's worries, Britney had not made many comments about the arrangement until a couple of weeks ago when attorney Samuel D. Ingham III submitted a filing pushing for a change in the conservatorship. It appears that Britney believes that the conservatorship “must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes.”

James Spears stepped away from his role as Britney's personal conservator and was replaced (temporarily) by Jodi Montgomery, a licensed professional conservator. Britney now asserts, strongly, that she does not want her father to resume his role as her personal conservator and would like Ms. Montgomery to take over the role permanently. 

Britney has also asserted that she wants a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in the role to take care of her financial affairs.

See Joe Coscarelli, Britney Spears Seeking Substantial Changes to Conservatorship, N.Y. Times, August 18, 2020.

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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