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Britney Spears in conservatorship win: is she actually free?

Britney Spears celebrates a huge victory in her battle to end the conservatoire that has put her father in control of her life for nearly 13 years.

In a ruling that could pave the way for the singer to regain her freedom, The Guardian said Los Angeles judge Brenda Penny ordered Jamie Spears to be immediately suspended from his daughter’s conservatory position.

After hearing arguments from both sides for nearly two hours on Wednesday, Penny said it was in Spears’ “best interests” to remove her father from the legal agreement to suspend James Spears.

The verdict came a few months after Jamie Spears himself petitioned to dissolve the Conservatory and allow him to replace him with another guardian.

Shortly after the verdict, Britney posted an Instagram video in which she had a flying lesson with the headline: “Now on cloud nine.”

Does that mean your conservatory is over?

Not yet. The court announced that another hearing will take place on November 12th to discuss the completion of the restoration.

During yesterday’s trial, Penny suspended the conservatory the American star had with her father, but it maintained a separate conservatory overseen by an accountant chosen by Spears’ legal team, the BBC reported.

Penny ordered that Spears’ concern be “immediately” turned over to accountant John Zabel, adding that it was “in the best interests of the conserved.”

Zabel will now serve as their temporary curator in trust, overseeing their finances and assets in lieu of Spears’ father.

Vivian Thoreen, Jamie Spears ‘attorney, protested Zabel’s appointment, calling him a “stranger” in the case, but Spears’ own attorney argued that Zabel should oversee her financial affairs until the conservatory abuse allegations against her father were complete had been investigated.

Jamie Spears’ conservatory initially encompassed both his daughter’s financial affairs and her personal care. However, this was temporarily taken over by nurse Jodi Montgomery in 2019 when Spears’ father resigned as her personal conservator for “health reasons”, the BBC said.

Montgomery has signaled “that she would support an end to the conservatories” and “could work with the Spears team on the process,” The Guardian said.

What happens next?

The pop star’s attorney Mathew Rosengart said he was ready to table a resignation plan at Spears’ next hearing to ensure an “orderly transition” from the conservatory that the star plans to end entirely, the New York Times reported.

“My client wants, my client needs, my client deserves an orderly transition,” he told the judge.

But the termination of a conservatory without a medical examination is “unlikely,” reported The Telegraph. Both Spears and her father have requested a mental assessment, but it “could take several months,” the newspaper said.

And it’s usually “very difficult” for people to completely remove conservatories once they’re put under the agreement, The Guardian said, but the star could be helped by the fact that lawyers on both sides of the case, as well as current conservators, appear to fully support the termination of the arrangement.

It may be that the judge is given “immediately” approval when the dismissal plan is presented – but this is anything but certain.

If the agreements were dissolved, the star would no longer have the professional restorers currently overseeing her financial affairs, medical care, or personal life.

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