Britney Spears Conservatorship
It has been more than 13 years since when the famous singer Britney spears has been under conservatorship. However, it is now that she has raised her voice, both on social media and in court regarding the arrangement.
But what is conservatorship? What are the terms of Britney Spears’ conservatorship? How much is her net worth? Who is in charge of her life? In this article we will answer all of these questions and more.
What is conservatorship?
Conservatorship is an arrangement when a court appoints a responsible person or organization (the conservator) in control of another adult’s (the conservatee) financial and/or other matters when they cannot take care of these matters for themselves.
Why is Britney Spears under conservatorship?
13 years ago, in February 2008, Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, filed the documents in court asking for a temporary conservatorship of his daughter. This was when Britney was held at a medical facility under a psychiatric hold.
Under the circumstances, the court granted the conservatorship seeing that Britney was unable to properly provide for her basic needs and was most likely unable to make sound financial decisions. Later that year, after another petition from Jamie, he was made a permanent co-conservator over Britney along with lawyer Andrew Wallet.
What is the latest news about Britney Spears and her current arrangements?
Britney Spears is still under the same conservatorship, but the details of the arrangement have changed. Instead of her father being co-conservator with Andrew, he now shares responsibility with Jodi Montgomery.
In April 2019, Andrew resigned as the conservator for the singer, leaving Jamie as the sole conservator. In September, the court appointed Jodie Montgomery, a social worker, conservator of Britney (of her person) while Jamie remained in charge of the estate worth $60m (£43.8m).
In August 2020, Britney requested the court to make Jodie her permanent conservator (of her person) and to replace Jamie with Bessemer Trust as the conservator of her estate. The court later ruled to make Bessemer Trust co-conservator of the estate with Jamie, sharing equal power.
What powers do they have over Britney now?
As her permanent conservator, Jodie Montgomery would have the power to take decisions on behalf of Britney, such as limiting or restricting visitors (apart from her lawyer) to Britney. She will also have the right to prosecute harassment and restraining orders on behalf of the singer. Moreover, she will have full access to her medical records, and would be able to speak with medical professionals on behalf of Britney.
Jamie does not remain the conservator of Britney (her person), but still serves as her co-conservator for finances. This means that he shares equal control over her assets worth $60m, with Bessemer Trust.
What is the free Britney Spears movement?
Under the current legal arrangement, Britney has not taken control of her finances for more than 13 years now. Her fans have concerns over whether the conservatorship arrangement is in the singer’s best interest, or is this all so that her father could control her life and her finances.
Recently #FreeBritney started trending after an anonymous lawyer, formerly working with the firm overseeing the conservatorship, expressed concerns about her father running her life.
Her father is requesting, unsuccessfully, the court sole conservatorship, and that the pop star covers more than $2 million of the legal fees that Jamie has incurred so far. Britney has also unsuccessfully requested the court to remove Jamie from the conservatorship of her estate.
Jamie claims that it is an act of fierce love that he has taken charge of the singer’s matters, with the court’s permission. He claims that he has saved his daughter from being misused by her closed ones and that everything he did was purely out of love and was in her best interest.
On the other hand, Britney’s mother is on her side, supporting her to gain full control of her life. Her brother also said in an interview that there was a need for intervention in the beginning, but this has gone too far now.
On paper, the singer has the right to end the conservatorship arrangement at any time. However, her attempt to do so has been unsuccessful. This is why the fans are concerned about her being trapped in a situation where she is not even in control of her own life, and raised their voice to #FreeBritney.