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Jamie Spears requests Britney continues to pay his legal fees

By | Published on Tuesday 21 December 2021

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Britney Spears’ father Jamie has filed a court request for his daughter to continue paying his $1200 an hour legal fees, despite him being removed as her conservator, and the entire conservatorship he used to run being terminated. He says that this is necessary to ensure that the conservatorship is “wound up quickly and efficiently”. But her attorney says that the request is “an abomination”.

Throughout his time as Britney’s conservator, Jamie had all of his legal fees paid by his daughter’s estate. This essentially meant that, for a time, she was concurrently paying for lawyers to argue both that she should be released from the legal arrangement and kept in it.

Last month a judge ruled that the conservatorship that had run Britney’s affairs for thirteen years should be brought to an end. However, such an operation cannot be turned off overnight, and there is still work to be done in order to wind it up. Plus Jamie has also been accused of mishandling his daughter’s conservatorship in order to personally profit from it, both in court and in the media. Although he denies that he ever did anything but act in Britney’s best interests.

“Prompt payment on account of Jamie’s attorneys’ fees is necessary to ensure the conservatorship can be wound up quickly and efficiently to allow Britney to take control of her life as she and Jamie desire”, says a new legal filing on behalf of Jamie, published by Variety.

“It would be contrary to public policy if Jamie’s years of dedication to protect his daughter … could subject him to personal bankruptcy and ruin defending baseless claims,” the filing then reads. “No person would ever want to step into the role as conservator if a conservatee could force a conservator to personally pay substantial legal fees defending unfounded allegations”.

In a responding statement, Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, told Variety: “Mr Spears reaped many millions of dollars from Britney as a conservator, while paying his lawyers millions more, all from Britney’s work and hard earned money”.

“The conservatorship has been terminated and Mr Spears was suspended ignominiously”, he went on. “Under the circumstances, his petition is not only legally meritless, it is an abomination. Britney poignantly testified about the pain her father caused her and this only adds to it. This is not what a father who loves his daughter does”.

A court is yet to consider Jamie’s request.