Britney Spears' lawyer of choice agrees to rep her in conservatorship battle

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Why is Britney Spears father her conservator?

In 2008, Jamie Spears was granted the conservatorship after Britney purportedly struggled with mental health issues and was hospitalized. After Britney was released, a Los Angeles court made the conservatorship permanent, giving her father and another co-conservator power over her finances and medical decisions. CBS NewsBritney Spears' conservatorship, explained

July 13, 2021 | 8:58pm

Attorney Mathew Rosengart has agreed to be Britney Spears’ new legal representation in her conservatorship fight, Page Six can confirm.

“Britney has had multiple conversations with Mathew in recent days,” a source told us Tuesday. “She was concerned about what was going to happen after [Samuel D. Ingham III] resigned as her lawyer, but Mathew has assured her that she will be in good hands if the judge appoints him.

“He has been keeping close tabs on her case for a while now and felt that her testimony last month was very compelling. He’ll be in court tomorrow.”

Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, has worked for a number of A-listers including Ben Affleck, Steven Spielberg and Sean Penn.

Ingham, Spears’ lawyer since the 2008 start of the conservatorship, asked to resign from her case shortly after the star made claims about his representation during her 24-minute bombshell testimony in June.

At one point, she claimed she was never made aware of the fact she “could petition [for] the conservatorship to end,” professing, “I honestly didn’t know that.”

Ingham was “extremely upset” by the statement, according to sources at TMZ, who claimed he had made that fact very clear to the pop star. The sources further alleged that Spears had expressed to Ingham that she only wanted to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from his role in the conservatorship and not end it altogether.

In addition to Ingham, the “Womanizer” singer lost her manager, Larry Rudolph, who quit less than a week after the co-conservator of her estate, Bessemer Trust, announced its exit. Rudolph claimed his departure was due to Spears’ intent to retire from music, which the singer has not addressed further.

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Britney Spears' Lawyer of Choice Agrees to Rep Her in Conservatorship Fight

TMZ 14 July, 2021 - 12:33am

We broke the story ... Britney signed a legal doc stating her desire to hire the mega law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP to represent her in her effort to boot Jamie Spears from the conservatorship -- the first step in attempting to end the conservatorship altogether.

As we reported, Britney had her sights set on hiring a partner in the firm -- former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who reps a slew of celebrity clients, including Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck, Jimmy Butler and Sean Penn.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Rosengart has now agreed and will appear remotely during a court hearing Wednesday, asking the judge to appoint him.

We're told Rosengart will make the argument Britney has a Constitutional right to the lawyer of her choice. Defendants in criminal cases have a Constitutional right to an attorney, but a conservatorship is not a criminal case. Thing is ... it's not a civil case either. It's a hybrid ... somewhere in between.

We're told Rosengart's argument goes like this ... Britney is entitled to due process, which includes the right to a competent lawyer, and a judge would be hard-pressed to conclude Rosengart doesn't have the legal chops to rep her. What's more ... he'll argue it's absurd for Jamie Spears to have the power to disapprove Britney's choice, because the very purpose of the representation is to get him out of the conservatorship.

As we reported ... getting Jamie out is the first step in ending the conservatorship, which has been in place for more than 13 years.

The real battle will come if and when there's a motion to end the conservatorship. Britney said in court last month she wanted that done without further medical evaluation, but that's a tough sell to the judge because several dozen medical professionals have weighed in regularly over the years she has a mental illness that makes a conservatorship necessary.

We reached out to Rosengart for comment ... so far, no word back.

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