After 13-Plus Years, Britney Spears’s Father Has Been Removed as Her Conservator

L.A. Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny found that the arrangement was no longer in the pop star’s best interest

On Wednesday, an L.A. County Superior Court judge removed Britney Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, as conservator of her estate—effective immediately.

Judge Brenda Penny found that the arrangement, which had Brit’s dad overseeing her business affairs for the last 13-plus years, was no longer in her best interest.

Jamie had already lost control of the personal side of Britney’s life in 2019, when the court replaced him with licensed fiduciary Jodi Montgomery, and now the elder Spears has no legal role in anything Britney.

On today’s heavy court agenda were motions by both Britney and Jamie—Britney vying to have Jamie immediately cast off as conservator while she and her people prepare to ease out of the conservatorship this fall, while Jamie petitioned to have the whole conservatorship ended immediately.

Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, argued that ending the conservatorship once and for all would be best, as it would eliminate all other pressing business. Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, contended that canning Jamie instantly was the most important item of the day and that another hearing to formally terminate the conservatorship could be held later.

Judge Penny saw things Brit’s way, suspending Jamie and approving the temporary appointment of certified public accountant John Zabel to replace the pop icon’s father. Earlier this week, Jamie’s side had argued that Zabel was unfit for the job.

Rosengart told the court Wednesday that his client “wants, needs, and deserves an orderly transition,” adding that Britney “has been abused by this man for the last decade and since her childhood.”

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