On Friday, Britney Spears was officially freed from the conservatorship that she was in for the last 13 years.
Spears was placed in a guardianship under her father, Jaime Spears, after she experienced some health issues very publicly. In 2008, she suffered a mental breakdown in front of paparazzi at the age of 26. Now, almost 40, she has control of her finances and health for the first time in over a decade.
Judge Brenda Penny, who presided over the trial on Friday, announced, “The court finds the conservatorship of Britney Jean Spears is no longer required.” The hearing lasted just over 30 minutes, and Spears was not present by video, phone, or in-person. In an Instagram post following the ruling, Spears wrote, “Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy. I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day.” Her father’s lawyer announced that Jaime supported the decision.
Spears was permitted to hire a lawyer to represent her in court, as well as an accountant, who became the temporary conservator of her finances after Spear’s father was removed. Spears delivered an emotional testimony, which was crucial in helping her case.
Spear’s father experienced health problems of his own a few years ago, during which time a licensed private fiduciary, Jodi Montgomery, became the temporary conservator. Montgomery has reportedly drafted a plan with Spear’s therapists to assist her with navigating the end of her conservatorship and life beyond her conservatorship.
The case has garnered popularity since Spears filed to end the conservatorship over a year ago. Crowds gathered outside of the courthouse on Friday, as well as last summer during the trial that resulted in Jaime being removed as her conservator. Politicians also took notice of the case, and are now looking into redefining what a guardianship is and when it is needed.
ARTICLE: RITA VOGT
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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