Jamie Spears‘ lawyer is alleging that, at “any time,” Britney Spears can terminate her conservatorship but has not in the 13 years it has been in place.
Vivian L. Thoreen, Holland & Knight LLP, a lawyer for Britney’s father, 68, says her best interests are periodically assessed by the courts to ensure wellbeing in a statement to PEOPLE on last Tuesday.
“From the beginning, the court has closely monitored Britney’s situation, including through annual accountings and in-depth reviews and recommendations from a highly experienced and dedicated court investigator who annually meets at length with Britney and all involved in her conservatorship,” Thoreen says.
“Britney’s Conservatorship of the Estate was co-managed by a private professional fiduciary and her father until early 2019,” she continues.
“At that time, Britney requested in court papers that her father be the sole conservator of her estate. Her Conservatorship of the Person is not managed by her father but by a private professional fiduciary, and is similarly subject to the scrutiny of interviews, audits and detailed reports to the judge by the court investigator.”
Jamie’s attorney says he has “diligently and professionally carried out his duties as one of Britney’s conservators, and his love for his daughter and dedication to protecting her is clearly apparent to the court.”
“Any time Britney wants to end her conservatorship, she can ask her lawyer to file a petition to terminate it; she has always had this right but in 13 years has never exercised it,” Thoreen claims.
“Britney knows that her Daddy loves her, and that he will be there for her whenever and if she needs him, just as he always has been — conservatorship or not.”
The statement from Jamie’s attorney was released after Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio proposed bringing the issues of conservatorship and guardianship to Capitol Hill.
Britney, 39, was first placed under a conservatorship back in 2008. The court then originally named her father the permanent conservator of her person and attorney Andrew Wallet the permanent co-conservator of her estate.
Wallet retired from his role as co-conservator in June 2019.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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