Britney Spears’ Father Agrees To Step Down As Her conservator

Britney Spears: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection; Jamie Spears: AP

Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears has finally bowed to public pressure and signaled in a legal response filed on  Thursday, Aug. 12, that he is willing to step down as conservator of Britney’s estate “when the time is right”.

The development comes two weeks after the singer filed a motion to remove her father as estate conservator, a role he has held since public concerns over her mental health in 2008.

“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate … and it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests.” reads the document, filed in response to a petition for Jamie to be removed from conservatorship.

In the filing, Jamie’s attorneys say he “intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator” and claims Jamie “had already been working on such a transition” with the pop star’s previous court-appointed lawyer Sam Ingham. They also denied that he mistreated his daughter and insisted he is “the best choice” to oversee the conservatorship, sharing that he only agreed to step down because a “public feud” would not be in Britney’s best interests.

“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests,” the document states. “So even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”
Following the new filing, the singer’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart said in a statement: “We are pleased but not necessarily surprised that Mr. Spears and his lawyer finally recognize that he must be removed. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others.”

Mr Rosengart added that an investigation into the actions of those involved in managing her estate throughout the conservatorship would continue.

Jamie Spears, 69, has been serving as co-conservator of the “Toxic” singer’s estimated $60 million estate for 13 years. During a hearing last month, Britney Spears, 39, said she wanted to press charges against her father for “conservatorship abuse” and called the 13-year arrangement “f—ing cruelty.”

Winnie Nantongo

Editor-in-Chief, The Postdale Daily

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