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When Will Britney Spears Be Free Of Conservatorship?

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The Britney Spears conservatorship saga has nearly reached its fifth year anniversary. We all remember her shaved head, public meltdowns, and wildpaparazziphotographs. Her career, her relationship with her children, and even her life were all spinning dangerously out of control.

Compare that to her life now, five years later. Thirty-one-year-old Britney looks a great deal different from twenty-six-year-old Britney. She was just paid $15 million for one season's work as a judge on the X Factor. Was she the best judge around? That's debatable. There were reports that Simon Cowell wouldn't have her back for another season, but it was Britney's decision to leave X-Factor.

Either way, there's no debate that Britney seemed ... well, very normal. She was mature, composed, even graceful at times. She mentored teenage singers. She held herself together and gave constructive feedback. Britney was reportedly re-energizedby the experience and is ready to start releasing new music and touring again.

What thirty-one-year-old Britney doesn't look like is someone who is legally incompetent, unable to make decisions about her own life.

Conservatorships (and guardianships, as they are called in most states), are among the most drastic court proceedings around. People under conservatorship or guardianship lose the right to make even the most basic decisions for themselves. Getting married, spending money, choosing where to live, visiting doctors ... people like Britney Spears can make none of those decisions for themselves.

These are legal proceedings normally saved for elderly individuals with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, or people with severe developmental disabilities. They are necessary to help those who are unable to protect themselves. They weren't created as a legal means to protect valuable careers.

Britney's situation was supposed to improve when she became engaged to her agent, Jason Trawick. He became her co-conservator for non-financial decisions, along with Britney's father, James Spears. James and an attorney remain in control of all of her financial matters.

This past Friday, Jason Trawick was permitted to resign as her co-conservator and the engagement was called off. The former couple released statements touting how much they still care for each other, but they mutually decided to end it. Britney's publicist called it a "difficult decision made by two mature adults." But, only one of those adults is considered mature enough to make his own decisions in life.

Perez Hilton blogged that the reason for the break-up was that Britney resented Trawick controlling her life and acting as a babysitter rather than a romantic partner. There have been many reports before that Spears was fed up with the conservatorship and being treated like a child with no rights over her own life.

However, Britney is said to have a psychological condition, such as bipolar disorder, that justifies the continued need for conservatorship. Obviously, there is a great deal about her situation that the general public doesn't know. But many people have psychological disorders withouthaving their most basic rights stripped away from them. The question is, for how long does her condition and past meltdowns continue to justify this extreme remedy?

There is no question that Britney's father, James Spears, did the right thing filing for conservatorship to protect her. He likely saved her life, and certainly saved her career. Under his management, her assets grew to $27.5 million by the end of 2010, according to accounting records filed in the conservatorship. Surely that figure has grown significantly through 2012.

But, does that justify the conservatorship indefinitely? Shouldn't Britney be given a second chance to live her life as an adult at some point? Will it take another five years? Longer?

We've written before that the biggest reason the conservatorship would continue was due to a number of lawsuits against Britney. The conservatorship shielded Britney from having to testify in those lawsuits.

That no longer appears to be an issue. The last, and most troubling, of the lawsuits was dismissed a couple months ago. Britney's former manager, Sam Lufti, launched an ugly suit against Britney and her parents. When the trial started, Lufti's lawyers focused on Britney's crazy behavior from 2008, trying to make the case about her chaotic past rather than what the case should have turned on -- did Lufti have a valid legal contract with team Spears that was breached?

The Judge was not impressed with Lufti's case and threw it out midway through trial. Lufti wasn't able to subpoena Britney into court to testify, as he tried to do. The conservatorship was a big reason why Britney was protected from testifying.

There is some continued concern because Lufti has the right to appeal the Judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit. In fact, Lufti vowed to do exactly that. James Spears and his lawyers likely worry that if the conservatorship ends right after the Lufti lawsuit was dismissed, and while the case is on appeal, it would appear as if the conservatorship was merely a cover to protect Britney from the lawsuit.

At some point, however, enough time will pass where that excuse won't be justified. At some point, Britney -- whether she does or doesn't have a psychological disorder -- should be allowed to try to function as an adult. She can still have advisers, managers, and representatives to help her. But she should be allowed to make her own decisions for a change.

If she can be trusted to mentor children who want to be superstars, judge performers for millions of dollars, record albums and go on tours, her rights to be treated as an adult in her own personal life should be restored. It can be done over time, and in stages, starting with her basic personal decisions and onto her financial and career decisions down the road. Google+

One has to wonder if she wasn't worth tens of millions of dollars, would the conservatorship have lasted this long?

Conservatorship and guardianship proceedings have an important place in our legal system, particularly when an elderly, vulnerable adult or someone with a developmental disability needs protection. But they should be used with caution, and only when truly necessary.

There are alternatives to court proceedings like these that are available for most families concerned with a loved one in need of protection. Experienced estate planningattorneysan help.

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Britney Spears' Parents Square Off In Court Over Conservatorship, She Is A No-Show

Britney Spears was a no-show at a hearing for her conservatorship case in the L.A. County courthouse, but both of her parents appeared to hear the judge's decision on the future for the pop star.

Inside court, the judge discussed "findings" partially from information provided by a court investigator.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, Britney's parents Jamie and Lynne Spears were both present in the courtroom along with a team of attorneys.

The order states that the judge did make some sort of findings in their investigation, but ordered the information sealed.

Jamie also filed documents for more changes in his position in the case, which was granted, but those details were also sealed.

It's unclear if any major changes were made in the conservatorship. But, after reports surfaced Britney would make an appearance for some sort of bombshell, it was simply not true.

As for the #FreeBritney movement, is seems they may not be satisfied with the outcome being shrouded in darkness.

As we reported, Britneys conservatorship has been under investigation with the court after the judge assigned a special investigator to evaluate all aspects of the team following her most recent round of treatment at a mental health facility.

At the time, our sources said the Toxic singers mental health declined so rapidly, her team was forced to pull back on several professional obligations, including her Las Vegas residency.

As part of the investigation into the conservertorship, everyone involved was under the microscope, including Britneys father, Jamie Spears.

Interstingly enough, Jamie stepped down from his role as conservator only days ago, and cited health complications as the reason for needing to step away.

In his absence, Jodi Montgomery has been named in charge and will run the conservatorship for Britney.

In other Britney drama, her father was just cleared of child abuse allegations by the Ventura County DA after Britneys ex-husband, Kevin Federline, filed a police report accusing Jamie of attacking his 13-year-old son.

Officials said they investigated the case, and there was insufficient evidence to prove Jamie had committed a crime.

Now that the investigation is over, theres a good chance Jamie could be at court even though hes not technically the conservator anymore. Also expected in court is Britneys mother, Lynne Spears, who recently made it clear she wanted to take a more active role in her famous daughters management and life.


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Britney Spears Conservatorship Judge Orders Investigation Into Case, Advisors Will Be Under Microscope

The people responsible for controlling Britney Spears life are now in the crosshairs of court investigators as the judge in her conservatorship case has ordered a thorough investigation of all the players who take part in planning her personal life, financial affairs and medical treatment. According to documents obtained by The Blast, the judge in []

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The people responsible for controlling Britney Spears life are now in the crosshairs of court investigators as the judge in her conservatorship case has ordered a thorough investigation of all the players who take part in planning her personal life, financial affairs and medical treatment.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, the judge in Britneys conservatorship has ordered a probate court investigator to take a hard look at the singers case, and wants a court investigators report filed before Britneys next hearing in September.

The move was quietly made days after Britney was ordered to undergo an expert evaluation to determine whether the restraints in her conservatorship should be loosened or modified.

The job of a probate court investigator is to conduct extensive interviews with all the people involved in a conservatorship case, including guardians, conservators, doctors and even law enforcement officials who have had contact with the subject of the conservatorship.

The investigator will also be reviewing medical and financial records, including custody agreements and even contractual obligations such as her Las Vegas residency.

It has long been debated whether Britneys team, including her father Jamie Spears, were pushing Britney beyond her limits while signing her up for another round of performances in Sin City. Her manager has maintained that Britney was the one who wanted to keep working, but questions have been raised about her teams handling of Britneys fragile mental state while negotiating lucrative business deals.

After the court investigator has prepared their report, the judge will take into consideration the findings when deciding what the court feels is the best move for Britney going forward.

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Britneys mother, Lynne, has been staying with the singer ever since she made a move to join the conservatorship and take a greater role in caring for her daughter, but Britneys father and other members of her advisors have not been seen with the star. Even more telling about the current situation was Britney arriving to court last week holding her mothers hand for support.

Our sources within Britneys team believe the judge in the conservatorship will see they have done everything in their power to help Britney. Were told the main players in the conservatorship regularly report all the financial and medical updates to the court, and believe the track record of 11 years managing spears conservatorship will speak for itself.

The investigation will also be interesting to the #FreeBritney movement, who will either be validated, or proven wrong when the findings are returned to the court.

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