Britney Spears’ attorney is asking the court to immediately remove the singer’s father, James Spears, as co-conservator of Britney’s estate.
The iconic pop star’s court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham says in court papers filed Nov. 3 that if James is allowed to retain his position, it will cause “Britney to suffer loss and injury.” Ingham asks the court to remove James as soon as the singer’s new conservator, Bessemer Trust, is appointed.
Ingham filed the motion in a Los Angeles court after Britney learned Oct. 28 through a letter from James’ lawyer that her longtime business manager, Lou Taylor of Tri-Star Sports and Entertainment Group, had resigned without giving her any notice. Instead of informing Britney, her father allegedly hired Britney a new business manager, Michael Kane of Miller Kaplan. Britney’s attorney says his client has not been given any information on how much she would be paying this new business manager nor the terms of his employment.
After being made aware of Kane’s appointment, Ingham informed Judge Brenda Penny, who is overseeing the singer’s case, that Britney does not want her father to continue to serve as the co-conservator of her estate. Britney is asking the judge to appoint Bessemer Trust Company in his place. In addition, Britney was also not pleased that James’ legal team asked in his letter to have Britney’s estate account stay at City National Bank until Bessemer was in place. Ingham describes the Oct. 28 letter as a “blatant attempt by James to try to retain full functional control of her assets, books and records in the face of Britney’s objections, TriStar’s resignation and the appointment of Bessemer Trust.”
“The suggestion that James will hold onto Britney’s assets even after Bessemer Trust is appointed gives rise to a very serious concern as to the safety of Britney’s estate,” Ingham wrote in the 10-page court filing. “Under any circumstances, having an outside accounting firm retain control of the record keeping function for the conservatorship rather than Bessemer Trust is completely inappropriate.”
Ingham is asking the judge to appoint a neutral corporate fiduciary to control Britney’s books and records, which he refers to as an “honest broker.”
A hearing has been set for Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. PT before Judge Penny on whether to grant Britney’s request.
Billboard has reached out to James Spears’ attorney for comment but has not heard back as of press time.