Since facing mental health issues in 2008, Spears has been under a conservatorship primarily overseen by her father, Jamie Spears. The conservatorship covers both her person and her estate, which Forbes estimates to be around $60 million. At Wednesday’s hearing, Spears claimed her father revels in his control over her and that she has been overworked, over-medicated and abused by the people she pays through her conservatorship.
Judge Penny thanked Spears for her “courageous” testimony in court and informed her and her lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III to file a petition to terminate the conservatorship if that’s what Spears desires.
What does Britney do next?
Spears made it absolutely clear on Wednesday that she no longer wants to be under her restrictive conservatorship, and so her first step will likely be to ask her attorney to file a petition to terminate it. The motion to terminate the conservatorship could be discussed at the next hearing scheduled for July 14.
According to California state law, the conservator or any relative or friend of the conservatee or other interested person may appear and support or oppose the petition. If the petition is opposed by someone involved in the case, that will prolong the court’s determination of whether or not to end the conservatorship.