BREAKING NEWS: Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney resigns
BREAKING NEWS: Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney resigns after failing to file paperwork to end conservatorship
- Sam Ingham was appointed by the court to represent Britney in the conservatorship battle
- He failed to file the paperwork needed to end the conservatorship even after she told a judge that she wanted to be freed of it
- Ingham has also failed to explain why he never filed the paperwork
- TMZ first reported his resignation – he is yet to file the paperwork with the court
- On Monday, Britney’s long-term manager Larry Rudolph resigned
- He said he was no longer needed and that the singer wants to resign
- A judge has to wait for an attorney to ask the court to terminate the conservatorship before it is voided
- Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, has been in control of it since 2008
- The next court hearing is July 14 – when lawyers for Jamie and the conservatorship ‘team’ will give evidence Britney does want it in place
Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham will resign on Tuesday after after failing to file the paperwork required to end the conservatorship held over her by her father.
Ingham was appointed to represent Britney in the 2008, when her father, Jamie, obtained control of her life and finances.
TMZ reports on Tuesday that Ingham is stepping down and will file paperwork imminently.
He is said to be ‘upset’ that Britney told the court two weeks ago that she never knew she could get out of the conservatorship, insisting that he has always made her aware of her options.
TMZ cites unnamed sources who say Ingham was told by Britney in their private conversations that she didn’t want the conservatorship to end, just to have her father removed from it.
The next court hearing is July 14 – when lawyers for Jamie and the conservatorship ‘team’ will give evidence Britney does want it in place, even though she testified on June 23 that she wants it to be terminated.
Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham has resigned after failing to file the paperwork required to end the conservatorship held over her by her father.
The complex legal arrangement began in 2008 when Britney was deemed unable to make her own decisions after a mental health breakdown. Her father was put in charge and she took a brief break from working then went on tour.
Ever since then, she’s barely been heard from. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that she publicly stated how the conservatorship had almost ruined her life, and how she wanted out of it.
Despite her pleas, Ingham didn’t file the paperwork and he ignored questions from the world’s media and her fans as to why he hadn’t done anything.
Page Six on Tuesday cited a source to the star who said she was shocked Ingham still hadn’t filed the paperwork 13 days after she told a judge how the conservatorship was ruining her life.
‘Britney doesn’t understand what the holdup is.
‘She feels she made it crystal clear in court that she wants the conservatorship terminated, but nearly two weeks later, she’s still waiting for the petition to be filed,’ the unnamed source said.
In order for a judge to rid Britney of the conservatorship, a request for it to be terminated must be filed.
It’s unclear now who will represent the star in her ongoing fight to regain the freedom she says was taken from her 13 years ago.
Britney’s long-time manager Larry Rudolph has also resigned, saying he no longer needed to be kept on the payroll because she wants to retire.
He wrote a letter to Jamie to say while he hadn’t spoken to Britney for two years, he’d learned that she had been expressing a desire to other people to stop working.
Britney’s long-term manager, Larry Rudolph, has also resigned, saying his services are no longer needed because she wants to retire
Britney’s father Jamie in a recent picture. He has always claimed he has acted in the best interest of his daughter but she says he is controlling and abusing her
‘Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.
‘I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career.
‘And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.
‘I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together.
‘I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, and I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been,’ he said.
Bessemer Trust, the financial organization brought on to manage the conservatorship with Jamie, resigned on July 1.
In its letter to the court, the company’s attorney said they were always under the impression that Britney wanted the arrangement to continue.
‘Petitioner has heard the Conservatee and respects her wishes,’ Bessemer’s attorney said.
The next court hearing is scheduled for July 14. It’s unclear if Britney will speak at that hearing but her father is expected to present evidence of
TIMELINE OF BRITNEY’S COMPLEX CONSERVATORSHIP AND HOW IT BEGAN
2002: Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears divorce. Britney breaks up with Justin Timberlake around the same time
2004: Britney marries Kevin Federline
2007: Britney, struggling through a custody battle and split with Kevin, shaves her head and attacks a paparazzo’s car
2008: Jamie Spears files for conservatorship of Britney, claiming she is not legally well enough to make her own decisions
2009-2019: QUIET CONSERVATORSHIP YEARS
The conservatorship – which had been temporary – is extended every year. In court papers, Jamie’s attorneys describe how she is making more money
January 2019: THE ARRANGEMENT STARTS TO CRUMBLE
Britney announces an ‘indefinite’ work hiatus and cancels her lucrative Las Vegas residency. Jamie files paperwork asking for the conservatorship to be extended beyond California, to apply in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida as well
He steps down as her primary conservator after allegations he abused one of her sons but is still listed as one of those in charge
Early 2020: Britney, Jamie and Jamie-Lynne are in Louisiana together for two weeks. The #FreeBritney movement is picking up
November 2020: Britney’s attorneys claim in papers that she’s afraid of her father and they ask for Bessemer Trust to be put in charge
December 2020: The conservatorship is extended until September 2021
February 5 2021: Framing Britney Spears debuts on Hulu
The conservatorship that Britney was put under is ordinarily used in situations where older, perhaps senile people, can no longer look after their own affairs.
It gives control over to an appointed conservator for the best interest of the recipient but in most cases, the recipient is not healthy enough to make their own money, unlike Britney who makes millions. Under the rules of the probate conservatorship, Jamie now has equal control over her estate to a third party and an attorney, Andrew Wallet. Wallet derives a salary of $426,000 a year from Britney’s estate.
He, Jamie and the third party who was brought on recently can make deals on her behalf and restrict her visitors.
JUNE 23, 2021 – BRITNEY SPEAKS OUT IN COURT
In emotional testimony, Britney told the court that she had suffered psychologically for years as a result of the conservatorship which she said was so restrictive, she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth control
JUNE 30 – JUDGE DENIES BRITNEY’S REQUEST TO REMOVE JAMIE
Judge Brenda Penny, responding to Britney’s November 2020 request, refuses to remove Jamie from the agreement.
She doesn’t say why but she does invite her attorney to file paperwork to end it, which he doesn’t.
JULY 1 – BESSEMER TRUST RESIGNS AFTER BEING PUT IN CHARGE WITH JAMIE
A day after the judge’s ruling, Bessemer Trust, which had been brought on, resigned, saying they were never aware that Britney wanted to end the conservatorship.
In a court filing, the company’s attorneys said: ‘We heard her and respect her wishes.’
JULY 5 – BRITNEY’S LONG-TIME MANAGER RESIGNS
Larry Rudolph wrote a letter to Jamie and the conservatorship to say he was no longer needed since Britney wanted to retire.
He said he hadn’t spoken to her for two years but had been told by others that she wanted to step down.
JULY 6 – BRITNEY’S ATTORNEY STPES DOWN
Sam Ingham, the attorney appointed to represent Britney in 2008, steps down after failing to file paperwork to terminate the conservatorship, despite her pleas.
JULY 14 – NEXT COURT HEARING
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