Pop star Britney Spears refused to pay $663,202.84 in legal fees to her mother during more than 13 years as Spears’ conservator.
Based on DiversitySpears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, filed new court documents asking the judge to deny Spears’ mother, Lynne Spears, a request that her daughter pay the fees.
Objections were filed on Tuesday, ahead of a hearing on Wednesday in which no decision was made.
In the petition, Rosengart claimed Lynne Spears had “no legal authority” to claim payment, as she was a third party in the conservatorship, held by Jamie Spears, Spears’ father.
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Lynne Spears filed the request on November 1, 2021.
Spears’ conservatorship ended on November 12, 2021.
Lynne Spears’ attorneys assert that it was the efforts of the singer’s mother and her attorneys that helped improve Spears’ life under guardianship.
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In the legal request for Spears to pay the bill, a representative for Lynne Spears argued that she and her attorneys were “engaged to help Britney free herself from what she considers a very controlling existence. ”
Her attorneys also allege that they were hired by Lynne Spears to “help Britney achieve independence from her surrogate father.”
However, Spears has publicly stated the difference, writing in a now-deleted Instagram post from November, “My dad may have started the preservation business 13 years ago, but what people don’t know about it? It was my mother who gave him the idea.”
In documents filed by Rosengart, he wrote that Spears had supported her family financially for many years. He also claimed Spears’ father had specifically benefited from conservatorship.
The documents allege Jamie Spears “enriched herself as a protector, receiving more than $6 million from Britney Spears’ estate in compensation, ‘fees and commissions’, profiting admirably. great from her very hard work (even though he is a trustee, not her manager, legal, or talent agent). ”
The petition also claims Lynne Spears has been financially supported throughout her role as the singer’s conservator.
“Lynne Spears has lived for at least a decade in a large, expensive home owned by Britney Spears in Kentwood, La., where her daughter has also consistently – and generously – paid for utilities, services, and services. phone service, insurance, property taxes for Lynne Spears, landscaping, pool works, pest control, repair and maintenance, totaling approximately $1.7 million,” the filing states.
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Britney Spears was a 26-year-old mother at the height of her career when her father established conservatorship, at first only temporarily, in February 2008 following a series of public mental health struggles.
Although no final decision was made in Wednesday’s hearing, further hearings are set for July where the issue – among others – will be discussed. .
– with files from the Associated Press
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