Britney Spears tears into her critics, father Jamie and conservatorship in scathing Instagram post

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Why is Britney Spears in a conservatorship?

Britney was put under conservatorship following her very public breakdown in 2008. Following a year of seemingly erratic behavior—such as shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo's car with an umbrella—the singer was put under a "5150 hold" in a psychiatric hospital for a mental health evaluation. HarpersBAZAAR.comWhat Is the "Free Britney" Movement? - Britney Spears's Conservatorship Details

What is Britney Spears in court for?

US pop star Britney Spears has called for an end to the "abusive" management of her business and personal affairs, telling an LA court: "I want my life back". ... The court-ordered agreement gave her father, Jamie Spears, control over her estate and other aspects of her life. bbc.comBritney Spears: Singer's conservatorship case explained

Did Britney Spears get out of her conservatorship?

A Superior Court judge has cleared Britney Spears to hire her own lawyer in the battle over her conservatorship. She picked a prominent Hollywood lawyer and ex-federal prosecutor to take up her case. SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST: ... That's after her longtime court-appointed attorney resigned. NPRJudge: Britney Spears Can Choose Her Own Lawyer In Conservatorship Case

Britney Spears' new lawyer must reverse her 'civil death.' She's been robbed of who she is.

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Spears wanted to pick a therapist, get her nails done, meet a friend, work less. She shocked us by exposing how little control she had over her life.

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Britney Spears is not just a pop star; she's now also the nation’s most well-known conservatee. After her explosive testimony last month, expectations were high for Wednesday's court proceeding, and it produced news. The judge granted her request to choose her own lawyer, and Spears said she wants her father investigated for conservatorship abuse.

Spears’ conservatorship is highly unusual in certain ways. She is a relatively young woman earning hundreds of millions of dollars in jobs that have made her world famous. But what could be the most troubling aspect of Ms. Spears’ situation is the way in which many of her travails are commonplace for the approximately 1.3 million people under conservatorship (also called guardianship).

As her case has shown,conservatorship is often used too readily, without adequate consideration of less restrictive alternatives, and gives the conservator too many powers for longer than is necessary

Once a petition for conservatorship is filed – in Spears’ case by her father – the subject of that petition enters a legal universe in which the normal rules should apply but often don’t. Take for instance the right to choose one’s own attorney. Spears was denied that right at the outset of her conservatorship based on a report that her chosen attorney was not permitted to see. On Wednesday, 13 years later, she finally was granted that right.

As the ACLU and other disability rights advocates argued in a friend of the court brief, in a conservatorship proceeding where fundamental liberties are at stake, the Constitution protects the right to choose one’s lawyer to zealously advocate on one’s behalf.

There are indications from transcripts that Ms. Spears’ court-appointed counsel failed in the basic obligation to educate her about her legal rights, including the fact that she was not barred from getting married, as she wished to do.

When there are significant assets, the conservator’s ability to profit from his role raises questions about whether he's taking into account the conservatee’s wishes or even acting exclusively in her best interests. In Spears’ case, there are alarming allegations of abuse that include being forced to work and being medicated in order to do so. 

Another risk of any conservatorship is that it will live on forever, far past the resolution of any crisis that may have precipitated it. Though experts recommend that courts regularly review the continuing need for conservatorship and inform conservatees of the opportunity to restore their rights, terminations of guardianship remain rare and difficult to obtain. If individuals want to terminate the conservatorship, they often bear the burden of proving it is no longer necessary when, according to best practices, the burden should be on the party opposing the termination to make the case that it needs to continue. 

In addition, the ability to profit makes it less likely that the conservator will act to terminate a money-making conservatorship. Notably, though a court investigator in 2016 recommended “a pathway to independence and the eventual termination of the conservatorship” in the Spears case, little seems to have been done to set her on that “pathway to independence” over the past five years. 

Conservatorships are often championed as a way to assist individuals who might lose their assets due to financial exploitation or mismanagement. But we should be cautious about this rationale. First, research suggests that the problem of guardians engaging in financial abuse and neglect is significant. 

Second, a conservatee’s funds can be dissipated by the conservatorship itself. For example, here, while her father was allegedly protecting her funds, she was required to pay many millions of dollars in his commissions and salary, his lawyers’ fees, money to various experts and consultants, and those of her own court-appointed legal team. 

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As in many other conservatorships, the court here failed to narrowly tailor the scope or meaningfully consider less restrictive alternatives, such as letting her manage the funds she was earning or giving her greater control over her day-to-day life, including choices about her medical care. It also failed to consider the alternative of supported decision-making, in which a person retains the legal right to make decisions but receives assistance from trusted advisers in the process.  

What was perhaps most noteworthy about Ms. Spears’ recent testimony was the vast control that the conservatorship exercised over her daily life and the ways in which she was precluded from doing those things, big and small, that make us who we are.  She wanted to have children. She wanted a less grueling work schedule. She wanted to pick her therapist. She wanted to get together with a friend she had met in Alcoholics Anonymous.She wanted to get her nails done. She wanted to have her boyfriend drive her in his car. 

For her, as for many others, this guardianship was truly a "civil death.” It is no wonder that Spears is asking the court to return her life to her. 

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Britney Spears Rips Those Who ‘Never Showed Up,’ Possibly Aimed at Sister

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The singer is pissed off, and let it show as she said, "There’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you who never showed up for you post things in regard to your situation whatever it may be and speak righteously for support … there’s nothing worse than that!!!!"

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Britney's rage seemed to build the more she typed in the Friday night IG post, which started with a photo with text that read ... "Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask."

Simple enough ... but the caption is where she excoriated someone many fans believe is either her kid sister or her mom, Lynne Spears ... or both of them.

Brit added, "How dare the people you love the most say anything at all … did they even put a hand out to even lift me up at the TIME !!!??? How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE … did you put your hand out when I was drowning????"

Jamie Lynn also posted a video last month -- following Britney's emotional testimony in another hearing -- stating she fully supports Britney's effort to end the conservatorship.

For her part, Brit's mother had filed legal docs requesting her daughter be allowed to select her own lawyer. It was an odd move -- which some saw as a suck up to Britney -- because Lynne has no legal standing in the case. She's not a conservator or legal guardian of Britney.

Since demanding to speak in open court last month, Britney's been going scorched earth on anyone she feels has crossed her -- with most of her ire being directed at her father, Jamie Spears.

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And, that's why she so publicly celebrated -- horseback riding and cartwheeling -- when the judge approved her new attorney, Mathew Rosengart.

As we first told you ... Britney has told Rosengart his first job is getting Jamie removed from his current gig as sole conservator of her estate -- a duty Rosengart started leaning into during the hearing as he told Jamie if he loved his daughter "he would resign today."

Based on her Friday night post, it seems Britney's calling out all of her family members. Remember, she told the judge she'd like to sue all of them.

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