AceShowbiz - Britney Spears pays her father Jamie Spears $130,000 a year as her conservator. The "Baby One More Time" singer also pays the rent for an office her dad uses. Details of Britney's conservatorship are revealed amidst her legal battle with former manager Sam Lutfi.
According to New York Times, Britney cannot make key decisions, personal or financial, without the approval of Jamie and lawyer Andrew M. Wallet. Jamie is responsible for Britney's physical well-being and manages her estate. He shares the financial oversight with Mr. Wallet, who specializes in conservatorships and probate law.
Is Britney ready to stand on her own? On Monday, her conservators allowed her to testify in court in her case against Sam. They agreed that "giving such testimony is not likely to cause harm to [Britney]," according to court papers.
Despite an attempt by the conservators to separate Britney and Sam during her testimony because his "physical presence in the same conference room as Ms. Spears poses serious risks" to her well-being, both parties were present for her deposition, which lasted about four hours. The "Crazy" singer testified without incident, even snacking on a cookie during a down moment.
Britney's ex-boyfriend David Lucado thinks that the "Sometimes" songstress doesn't need conservatorship anymore now. "If anyone knew the real Britney, they would know that she would rather be remembered for being the great mother she is rather than the artist she is," David shares, "And if anyone could see her interactions with her kids, they would know that there is no need for a conservatorship over Britney's personal life."
Britney told lawyer Adam Streissand at the time of the arrangement that she wasn't in favor of the conservatorship from the start. "It was clear to me that she seemed a bit agitated," Adam tells the site. "But my sense was that she did have the capacity to pick a lawyer and that she could make a rational decision. Britney wanted to oppose the conservatorship. But she was also extremely worried about her kids and seemed to understand that the best thing to do to see her kids was to accept it."
According to Elaine Renoire, president of the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse, Britney will continue to be controlled by the conservatorship unless she battles the restrictions herself. Elaine says, "As long as she is bringing in so much money and as long as the lawyers and conservators are getting paid, there is little incentive to end it. Usually, the conservatorship just keeps going unless the conservatee makes a fuss or the family does."