, Britney Spears
' mother, has asked the Los Angeles Superior Court
to allow the pop star to choose her own legal representation
so that she can begin the process of ending the conservatorship
that has limited her rights for the past 13 years.
Lynne Spears asked Judge Brenda Penny
to “listen to the wishes of her daughter,” who skewered the arrangement and her family
’s role in it when she addressed the court in late June, in court documents filed Tuesday. The singer asked to be released
from the conservatorship immediately without undergoing an evaluation, alleging that she was forced to perform against her will and denied health care
The request appeared to be filed on the same day that the pop star's court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham, asked to resign, and a financial management company involved in the conservatorship, Bessemer Trust
, had asked to be released from that duty last week, distancing itself from what has become an international crusade against an “abusive” legal arrangement Spears called.
One person who is sticking around for the time being is attorney Jodi Montgomery
, who is co-conservator of the pop star's person. In a court filing Wednesday, Montgomery said Spears had explicitly asked her to remain in her role and assist in her search for a new lawyer. She also requested the court's permission to provide herself round-the-clock security
after receiving an increase in death
A conservatorship, also known as a guardianship in some states
, is when a third party is given control over someone who is deemed unable to care for themselves, typically a sick or elderly person. In Britney Spears' case, her conservatorship has control over her estimated $60 million estate as well as her personal well-being, and it has been co-helmed by her father since its inception, which the singer despises.
Lynne Spears has never been a supporter of her daughter; following Britney Spears' explosive remarks to Penny last month, Lynne Spears said through her lawyer that her daughter had been "very courageous" that day.
“In the original Petition for Appointment of a Temporary Conservator of the Person, Conservatee’s given address was the UCLA Medical Center, which was over thirteen years ago. Now, and for many years, Conservatee is able to care for her person and has, in fact, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity
within the parameters of this conservatorship,” explains the court.
Britney Spears' mother urged Penny to allow her daughter to choose her own lawyer to "advise her as to her basic rights." Britney Spears admitted last month that she was unaware she had the power to petition to end the conservatorship and apologized for her "ignorance."
Lynne Spears listed ten requests made by her daughter on June 23, including the ability to see her friends
, marry, and have a baby whenever she wants.
Britney Spears has completed several international tours as well as a lucrative residency in Las Vegas
since being placed in the conservatorship.