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Britney Spears’ Court Appointed Attorney Asks to Waive Guardianship | Britney Spears


Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney has asked to renounce the guardianship that has controlled her life for 13 years.

The news of attorney Samuel D Ingham’s decision to resign comes after the singer’s emotional court testimony prompted the resignation of her manager and the withdrawal of a wealth management firm involved in her guardianship. The legal settlement, which has been in place since 2008, has given Spears’ father and others intense authority over his career, finances, personal life and medical care.

In court last month, Spears said she wanted the guardianship terminated, saying it was abusive and that the arrangement had forced her to act and take drugs against her will and control her reproductive rights.

The consequences have been quick. In a short judicial presentation on Tuesday, Ingham said he intended to resign as soon as the court could appoint another attorney for Spears. The law firm Loeb & Loeb, which had been working with Ingham, also announced its intention to resign.

Ingham, in particular, has faced intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Spears testified that she wanted to be able to choose her own attorney, but that the guardianship has prevented her from doing so. The arrangement controls her finances and Ingham was named at the outset when the court found that Spears could not select an attorney.

In guardianship, Spears’ estate pays her court-appointed attorney, as well as opposing attorneys and others involved in the guardianship. Ingham has earned $ 3 million as his attorney, earning $ 475 an hour, a special rate allowed by the court in cases with “unusual problems requiring extraordinary experience,” the New York Times recently reported. reported.

Investigations by the Times and the New Yorker have questions raised about the complicated process that created the guardianship in the first place, and suggests that Spears has repeatedly opposed the settlement for years before her first public comments on the case last month.

Critics have questioned Ingham’s portrayal of Spears after she testified that she did not know she could petition to terminate the guardianship. While internal records suggest that Spears had vigorously complained about the arrangement to a court investigator, Ingham has never filed a request to end it. In recent years he has filed requests for the singer’s father, Jamie Spears, to be removed as guardian.

Ingham did not immediately respond to request for comment on Tuesday.

Some legal experts say that if Spears can hire her own attorney, she could speed up a process to challenge the guardianship. Others warn that the court process could drag on for years, noting that it is difficult for people to end guardianships once they are deemed incapacitated.

Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph announced his resignation earlier this week and suggested that the singer might want to retire.


www.theguardian.com

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