Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney resigns after failing to file conservatorship paperwork

Britney Spears‘ court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham will resign on Tuesday after after failing to file the paperwork required to end the conservatorship held over her by her father.  

Ingham was appointed to represent Britney in the 2008, when her father, Jamie,  obtained control of her life and finances. TMZ reports on Tuesday that Ingham is stepping down and will file paperwork imminently. 

He is said to be ‘upset’ that Britney told the court two weeks ago that she never knew she could get out of the conservatorship, insisting that he has always made her aware of her options. 

TMZ cites unnamed sources who say Ingham was told by Britney in their private conversations that she didn’t want the conservatorship to end, just to have her father removed from it.  

The next court hearing is July 14 – when lawyers for Jamie and the conservatorship ‘team’ will give evidence Britney does want it in place, even though she testified on June 23 that she wants it to be terminated. 

On Tuesday, Jodi Montgomery – who is the co-conservator with Britney’s father – said she wouldn’t be resigning and claimed the singer asked her yesterday to ‘continue to serve’. 

Her lawyer Lauriann Wright told DailyMail.com: ‘Ms. Montgomery has no plans to step down as Ms. Spears’ Temporary Conservator of the Person. She remains committed to steadfastly supporting Ms. Spears in every way she can within the scope of her duties as a conservator of the person. 

‘Ms. Spears as recently as yesterday has asked Ms. Montgomery to continue to serve. Ms. Montgomery will continue to serve as a conservator for as long as Ms. Spears and the Court desire her to do so.’ 

When pushed for details of the conversation she claims they had, Wright’s office refused to give any.   

Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham has resigned after failing to file the paperwork required to end the conservatorship held over her by her father.

Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham has resigned after failing to file the paperwork required to end the conservatorship held over her by her father.

Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham has resigned after failing to file the paperwork required to end the conservatorship held over her by her father.

Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham has resigned after failing to file the paperwork required to end the conservatorship held over her by her father.

Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham has resigned after failing to file the paperwork required to end the conservatorship held over her by her father.

The complex legal arrangement began in 2008 when Britney was deemed unable to make her own decisions after a mental health breakdown. Her father was put in charge and she took a brief break from working then went on tour. 

Ever since then, she’s barely been heard from. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that she publicly stated how the conservatorship had almost ruined her life, and how she wanted out of it.  

Despite her pleas, Ingham didn’t file the paperwork and he ignored questions from the world’s media and her fans as to why he hadn’t done anything. 

Page Six on Tuesday cited a source to the star who said she was shocked Ingham still hadn’t filed the paperwork 13 days after she told a judge how the conservatorship was ruining her life. 

‘Britney doesn’t understand what the holdup is. 

‘She feels she made it crystal clear in court that she wants the conservatorship terminated, but nearly two weeks later, she’s still waiting for the petition to be filed,’ the unnamed source said. 

In order for a judge to rid Britney of the conservatorship, a request for it to be terminated must be filed.  

It’s unclear now who will represent the star in her ongoing fight to regain the freedom she says was taken from her 13 years ago. 

Britney’s long-time manager Larry Rudolph has also resigned, saying he no longer needed to be kept on the payroll because she wants to retire. 

He wrote a letter to Jamie to say while he hadn’t spoken to Britney for two years, he’d learned that she had been expressing a desire to other people to stop working. 

Britney's long-term manager, Larry Rudolph, has also resigned, saying his services are no longer needed because she wants to retire

Britney's long-term manager, Larry Rudolph, has also resigned, saying his services are no longer needed because she wants to retire

Britney’s long-term manager, Larry Rudolph, has also resigned, saying his services are no longer needed because she wants to retire 

Britney's father Jamie in a recent picture. He has always claimed he has acted in the best interest of his daughter but she says he is controlling and abusing her

Britney's father Jamie in a recent picture. He has always claimed he has acted in the best interest of his daughter but she says he is controlling and abusing her

Britney’s father Jamie in a recent picture. He has always claimed he has acted in the best interest of his daughter but she says he is controlling and abusing her 

‘Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.

‘I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career.

‘And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.

‘I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together.

‘I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, and I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been,’ he said.

Jodi Montgomery, who shares the Conservator role with Britney's father, claimed on Tuesday that Britney had asked her to stay on - despite telling the court she wanted to be free

Jodi Montgomery, who shares the Conservator role with Britney's father, claimed on Tuesday that Britney had asked her to stay on - despite telling the court she wanted to be free

Jodi Montgomery, who shares the Conservator role with Britney’s father, claimed on Tuesday that Britney had asked her to stay on – despite telling the court she wanted to be free 

Bessemer Trust, the financial organization brought on to manage the conservatorship with Jamie, resigned on July 1. 

In its letter to the court, the company’s attorney said they were always under the impression that Britney wanted the arrangement to continue.  

‘Petitioner has heard the Conservatee and respects her wishes,’ Bessemer’s attorney said. 

The next court hearing is scheduled for July 14. 

Her father Jamie has not yet commented on her recent remarks in court but on Tuesday, Jodi Montgomery, the other woman in charge of the conservatorship, said she would not be stepping down. 

She told People in a statement that Britney had ‘asked’ her to stay. 

‘Ms. Montgomery has no plans to step down as Ms. Spears’ Temporary Conservator of the Person. She remains committed to steadfastly supporting Ms. Spears in every way she can within the scope of her duties as a conservator of the person. 

‘Ms. Spears as recently as yesterday has asked Ms. Montgomery to continue to serve. 

‘Ms. Montgomery will continue to serve as a conservator for as long as Ms. Spears and the Court desire her to do so,’ her attorney said. 

TIMELINE OF BRITNEY’S COMPLEX CONSERVATORSHIP AND HOW IT BEGAN

Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated

Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated

Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated 

2002: Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears divorce. 

Britney breaks up with Justin Timberlake around the same time

2004: Britney marries Kevin Federline

2007: Britney, struggling through a custody battle and split with Kevin, shaves her head and attacks a paparazzo’s car

2008: Jamie Spears files for conservatorship of Britney, claiming she is not legally well enough to make her own decisions 

Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline

Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline

Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship

Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship

Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline. Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship

2009-2019: QUIET CONSERVATORSHIP YEARS

The conservatorship – which had been temporary – is extended  every year. 

In court papers, Jamie’s attorneys describe how she is making more money

January 2019: THE ARRANGEMENT STARTS TO CRUMBLE

Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency

Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency

Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency

Britney announces an ‘indefinite’ work hiatus and cancels her lucrative Las Vegas residency.

Jamie files paperwork asking for the conservatorship to be extended beyond California, to apply in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida as well 

He steps down as her primary conservator after allegations he abused one of her sons but is still listed as one of those in charge 

Early 2020: Britney, Jamie and Jamie-Lynne are in Louisiana together for two weeks.  

The #FreeBritney movement is picking up. 

His attorneys claim everyone is happy together and enjoying spending time together in quarantine.  

November 2020: Britney’s attorneys claim in papers that she’s afraid of her father and they ask for Bessemer Trust to be put in charge. 

Her fans start speculating over her cryptic Instagram posts and videos that she wants a way out.  

December 2020: The conservatorship is extended until September 2021

February 5 2021: Framing Britney Spears debuts on Hulu

The conservatorship that Britney was put under is ordinarily used in situations where older, perhaps senile people, can no longer look after their own affairs. 

Fans are concerned for her well-being and want her to be released from the control of her father, Jamie, who can still legally make decisions on her behalf

Fans are concerned for her well-being and want her to be released from the control of her father, Jamie, who can still legally make decisions on her behalf

Fans are concerned for her well-being and want her to be released from the control of her father, Jamie, who can still legally make decisions on her behalf

It gives control over to an appointed conservator for the best interest of the recipient but in most cases, the recipient is not healthy enough to make their own money, unlike Britney who makes millions. Under the rules of the probate conservatorship, Jamie now has equal control over her estate to a third party and an attorney, Andrew Wallet. Wallet derives  a salary of $426,000 a year from Britney’s estate. 

He, Jamie and the third party who was brought on recently can make deals on her behalf and restrict her visitors.

JUNE 23, 2021 – BRITNEY SPEAKS OUT IN COURT  

Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari are in Hawaii together now with her kids

Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari are in Hawaii together now with her kids

Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari are in Hawaii together now with her kids

In emotional testimony, Britney told the court that she had suffered psychologically for years as a result of the conservatorship which she said was so restrictive, she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth control 

JUNE 30 – JUDGE DENIES BRITNEY’S REQUEST TO REMOVE JAMIE 

Judge Brenda Penny, responding to Britney’s November 2020 request, refuses to remove Jamie from the agreement. 

She doesn’t say why but she does invite her attorney to file paperwork to end it, which he doesn’t. 

JULY 1 – BESSEMER TRUST RESIGNS AFTER BEING PUT IN CHARGE WITH JAMIE

A day after the judge’s ruling, Bessemer Trust, which had been brought on, resigned, saying they were never aware that Britney wanted to end the conservatorship. 

In a court filing, the company’s attorneys said: ‘We heard her and respect her wishes.’ 

JULY 5 – BRITNEY’S LONG-TIME MANAGER RESIGNS

Larry Rudolph wrote a letter to Jamie and the conservatorship to say he was no longer needed since Britney wanted to retire. 

He said he hadn’t spoken to her for two years but had been told by others that she wanted to step down. 

JULY 6 – BRITNEY’S ATTORNEY STEPS DOWN 

Sam Ingham, the attorney appointed to represent Britney in 2008, steps down after failing to file paperwork to terminate the conservatorship, despite her pleas. 

JULY 14 – NEXT COURT HEARING 

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