Britney Spears has asked her father James to resign as her conservator and to appoint Jodi Montgomery, a private professional fiduciary, in his place.
Spears’ court appointed attorney Samuel Ingham filed the request on Tuesday (March 23) in Los Angeles Superior Court. Montgomery has been serving as the pop singer’s temporary conservator since Sept. 9, 2019 when her father temporarily relinquished his role citing health reasons at the time. Spears’ court documents also make clear that her requested appointment of Montgomery does not mean that she is giving up her rights in the future to end the conservatorship entirely.
“[Spears] expressly reserves the right to petition for the termination of this conservatorship,” states the court filing. “Nothing in the within petition shall be deemed to constitute a waiver of that right.”
If approved by the court, Montgomery will have the authority to retain 24/7 caretakers and security guards for Spears. She will also have the power to restrict and limit visitors with the exception of Ingham. Montgomery will also be given the power to communicate with any of Spears’ doctors.
According to the boxes checked on petition form, Spears requires a conservator because she is unable to properly provide for her personal needs of “physical health, food, clothing, or shelter” and unable to manage her financial resources or to resist fraud or undue influence.
Spears has been in a conservatorship overseen predominantly by her father since 2008 when she was just 28. Now 39 many Spears fans, one of her former attorneys and friends have come forward questioning whether there is still a reason for a restrictive conservatorship over the singer’s personal and financial life. Spears herself has asked the court to open the court process, where many hearings have been sealed, saying in court papers that it is good public policy to appoint a new conservator of her estate be made in as open transparent a matter as possible.
James is still the co-conservator of his daughter’s estate sharing that role with Bessemer Trust Company of California.
A hearing will be held on April 27 on Spears’ request. Ingham has also informed the court that Spears does not need to attend the hearing.