Spears has officially been freed from her conservatorship after latest court hearing.. Britney Spears was freed from her conservatorship during a court hearing on Friday, where a Los Angeles judge decided to grant her request for the termination of the 13-year conservatorship.
“Effective today, the conservatorship of the person and estate of Britney Spears is terminated,” Judge Brenda Penny said during the hearing, which Insider attended.
Penny’s decision came after Spears and both her parents, Jamie and Lynne, filed petitions in support of the dissolution of the conservatorship. In September, Penny granted her request to choose her own counsel and subsequently approved that lawyer’s petition to have Jamie Spears immediately suspended from the conservatorship. During that hearing, Penny described Britney Spears’ conservatorship as “untenable.”
After Jamie Spears’ suspension in September, John Zabel, a California consultant chosen by Britney Spears’ team, was put in charge of the pop star’s financial estate. A woman named Jodi Montgomery remained the conservator tasked with overseeing her personal affairs.
This morning, Britney Spears’ counsel Mathew Rosengart and Montgomery submitted a termination plan, which Rosengart called a “safety net,” under seal. There will be a January 19 hearing where Zabel will go over the financial transfers for her estate and assets.
In her judgment, Penny added that there “was no need for a capacity statement from Britney Spears.” Alex Weingarten, Jamie Spears’ counsel, said that he and his client had “nothing to add” regarding the motions and ruling made Friday.
Between now and the January 19 hearing, Zabel is allowed to prepare trust documents for Britney Spears’ estate and transfer assets outside her trust.
In recent filings, Rosengart had asked the court to terminate the conservatorship without Britney Spears undergoing psychological evaluation.
She had been living under a conservatorship since 2008, which granted control of her personal life and estate to a group of people that included her father and a financial institution.
The court-ordered conservatorship went into effect after the singer experienced a mental-health crisis.
After a June 23 hearing, during which Britney Spears was able to speak directly with a judge for the first time in open court, and one in July, the singer was allowed to appoint her own lawyer and asked the court to end her conservatorship, which was extended four times last year.
During both testimonies, Spears described being abused, controlled, and monitored intensively by her father.
“It’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end,” she said of the conservatorship in June. “I just want my life back. The conservatorship should end. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive.”
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