Britney Spears’ lawyer is planning to put a petition together to make the singer’s current “care manager,” Jodi Montgomery, her permanent one, according to Fox News.
Spears’ father Jamie stepped away from his role as the mega star’s personal conservator in 2019
The petition will request that Montgomery be appointed to the permanent conservator of Spears’ person.
It’s not clear if the role would also include overseeing the needs of her estate, Jamie and new party Bessemer Trust.
The hearing was postponed until a date in April.
Parties are working to determine an accurate list of assets and holdings, and where finances were spent.
David Glass, the certified family law attorney and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology reported to Fox News that “continuances are pretty standard in accounting hearings” as “both sides are still trying to get the assets and counts worked out.”
“One thing interesting was that Samuel Ingham, the court-appointed counsel for Britney, announced he will be filing a petition to have Jodi Montgomery appointed as the conservator of the person,” Glass said. “Right now, the conservators of the estate and the financial matters are Jamie and this Bessemer Trust. And so now he’s asking for this Jodi Montgomery to become the permanent conservator of the person.”
“That’s the person who is just making personal decisions for medical treatment and whether she needs bodyguards. Does she need to see a therapist? All sorts of everything except money issues for a concerned person,” Glass explained.
“A lot of the hubbub around this has been, ‘How come [Britney] hasn’t asked to have the conservator removed?’ This might be the first step towards that, at least moving to a personal conservator who she thinks will be more friendly to her, more favorable to her.”
“The care person collects information on the conservative’s health and their medical records and what their doctors say and then summarizes that information and gives it to the conservatory. So in that sense, it’s a step up for Ms. Montgomery.”
“Jamie will be required to file any opposition he might have as to why he thinks he should not be removed as the conservator of the person [Britney] and then the court can decide what it needs to do if it needs more information,” Glass said.
“At that point, the court can set an evidentiary trial where people testify or if the court feels it has enough information, it can actually rule at that point,” he continued. “It’s rare that a probate court will rule just based on the papers. They almost always go to some sort of evidentiary objection, evidentiary hearing.”
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The continuance of the case Wednesday was requested by Vivian Thoreen, the acting attorney for Jamie. Although she did not provide a reason for the request, both parties agreed to recess until April 27.
Jamie has been the target of the #FreeBritney movement since renewed attention was placed on the singer following the release of the documentary “Framing Britney Spears.” Currently, the conservatorship gives Jamie control of the star’s estate. However, Spears recently began taking legal steps to reclaim agency over her life.
Reps and attorneys for Spears did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.