A look back at Britney Spears’ Conservatorship
Spears has yet to address the court since her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, filed to suspend her father Jamie Spears as the conservator of her estimated $60 million estate last year. The elder Spears had been the conservator of her estate since 2008, along with attorney Andrew Wallet, following a series of personal issues that played out publicly for the singer. Following Wallet’s resignation in 2019, Spears had been solely responsible for overseeing her finances until Judge Brenda Penny appointed Bessemer Trust in November 2020 to serve as co-conservator.
The highly anticipated hearing has members of the media and supporters of Spears clamoring for a seat in the courtroom. Although Spears is expected to appear virtually, the Los Angeles County Superior Court has already told members of the media they are going to have an overflow courtroom where spectators can listen remotely to the proceedings, because seating will be limited.
Here’s a timeline of the events leading to the hearing.
Spears is taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she undergoes drug and alcohol testing and a psychiatric evaluation after a custody dispute at her home.
Late January, 2008
Spears is hospitalized again, this time at the University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center and is released nearly one week later.
February 1, 2008
Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, files a petition with the Los Angeles County Superior Court to place his daughter under a temporary probate conservatorship in the wake of her hospitalizations.
February 6, 2008
“We are deeply concerned about our daughter’s safety and vulnerability and we believe her life is presently at risk. There are conservatorship orders in place created to protect our daughter that are being blatantly disregarded. We ask only that the court’s orders be enforced so that a tragedy may be averted.”
October 28, 2008
Britney Spears’ court-ordered conservatorship is made permanent by Judge Reva Goetz. The singer’s father, along with attorney Andrew Wallet are made co-conservators of her estate, with her father being the conservator of her person, overseeing her medical care.
Jamie Spears is hospitalized for intestinal issues. He spends 28 days at the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas before continuing recovery at home.
January 4, 2019
Andrew Wallet resigns as co-conservator of the singer’s estate and Jamie Spears becomes the sole conservator of Britney’s person and estate.
May 6, 2019
May 10, 2019
September 9, 2019
Jodi Montgomery is appointed temporary conservator of Spears’ person, to oversee her health and medical decisions.
July 23, 2020
“In general, I think, you know, [Jamie has] done the best he could given the situation he was put in. You know, we’ve had to, like, work together as a family to kind of keep it all going … She’s always wanted to get out of it [the conservatorship].”
August 31, 2020
Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, requests Jamie Spears be removed as conservator of the singer’s estate and requests Judge Brenda Penny enlist Bessemer Trust, a wealth and investment management firm, to oversee Britney’s estate.
November 10, 2020
December 15, 2020
February 5, 2021
February 12, 2021
March 2, 2021
March 23, 2021
March 30, 2021
April 27, 2021
Ingham states that “Britney wants to address the court directly.” A hearing is scheduled for June 23 for Spears to speak about her conservatorship.
May 3, 2021
“So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life … These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing ?????” Spears went on to write: “I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life … I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends … I think the world is more interested in the negative…”