Court docket paperwork filed within the pop star’s conservatorship case present that Jamie Spears, 69, is now not represented by his former lawyer Vivian L. Thoreen and the regulation agency Holland & Knight LLP. Jamie’s longtime lawyer signed paperwork on Oct. 19 that lists her as Jamie’s “former authorized consultant.” She added the title of the regulation agency to the doc in her personal handwriting, confirming they’re now not working with the singer’s embattled father.
A second submitting additionally confirms Jamie is now not represented by lawyer Geraldine A. Wyle of Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP, additionally based mostly in Los Angeles.
The paperwork present that Los Angeles-based lawyer Alex M. Weingarten of Willie Farr & Gallagher LLP has stepped in as Jamie’s new counsel.
Thoreen, Wyle and Weingarten didn’t instantly return Fox Information’ requests for remark. The substitution of attorneys comes simply weeks after Los Angeles Superior Court docket Decide Brenda Penny suspended Jamie from overseeing the conservatorship that has held a agency grip on the singer’s life for over a dozen years.
Decide Penny heard arguments from Britney and Jamie’s aspect and in the end dominated that efficient instantly “suspension is in one of the best pursuits of Britney Spears.”
“The present state of affairs just isn’t tenable,” she added earlier than additionally ordering that management of all of Britney’s belongings be turned over to a court-appointed momentary conservator – a licensed public accountant named John Zabel. Decide Penny additional maintained that her ruling just isn’t appealable.
Some are questioning if Mathew Rosengart‘s earlier voiced intentions of investigating Jamie may have led to the sudden substitution of his attorneys. Rosengart, who has been representing Britney since July, confirmed in an announcement to Fox Information final month that he plans to analyze Jamie’s alleged mishandling of the 39-year-old singer’s funds.
“Having uncovered his misconduct and improper plan to carry his daughter hostage by attempting to extract a multi-million-dollar settlement, Mr. Spears has now successfully surrendered. There isn’t any settlement,” Rosengart mentioned shortly after Jamie filed a petition to finish her 13-year-long conservatorship.
“To the extent Mr. Spears believes he can attempt to keep away from accountability and justice, together with sitting for a sworn deposition and answering different discovery underneath oath, he’s incorrect and our investigation into monetary mismanagement and different points will proceed,” Rosengart added.
Regardless of the substitution, an insider claimed to Web page Six that Jamie and Thoreen “stay in shut contact in the course of the transition.”
Britney’s lawyer didn’t mince phrases in his protection of the pop star and advised the courtroom that Jamie ought to have been eliminated as conservator of her property way back.
Britney’s camp has constantly claimed that Jamie is looking for some $2 million on his method out – a portion of which is more likely to land within the arms of his attorneys and her former enterprise supervisor, Tri-Star.
In the meantime, the supply additionally advised Web page Six that Holland & Knight merely needed to wipe their arms with Jamie as a consumer as a result of they allegedly didn’t wish to signify a “suspended conservator” regardless of Jamie’s courtroom admission that he’ll bow out of the conservatorship as soon as a correct “plan is in place.”
“[Continuing to represent Jamie] places all [Holland & Knight’s] charges much more at stake,” the insider defined, per the outlet. “They don’t wish to fund this anymore as a result of while you signify a suspended conservator it makes it more likely that charges you’ve already obtained may very well be disgorged and future charges will not be paid from the property, however reasonably must be paid from Jamie.”
The shut connection additional claimed: “When Britney’s lawyer didn’t file to terminate after a number of hearings at which Britney pleaded with the courtroom to terminate the conservatorship, it was her father Jamie who stepped up and filed to terminate in help his daughter’s needs.”
Throughout his Sept. 29 courtroom protection of Britney, Rosengart mentioned his pop star consumer “desires, wants and deserves an orderly transition” and additional argued that she “has been abused by this man for the final decade and since her childhood.”
Following the listening to, Rosengart exited the courthouse to cheers from the massive crowd gathered exterior and fielded questions from reporters about what Jamie and the general public can anticipate within the coming months.
Spears’ birthday is Dec. 2 and a typical theme amongst #FreeBritney supporters was the concept of seeing their pop queen “free by 40.”
“Jamie and others are going to face much more severe ramifications for his misconduct,” mentioned Rosengart.
Requested if Jamie will likely be charged over alleged listening units, the litigator kicked that reply to regulation enforcement, nonetheless, he did preserve that: “one query we are going to ask [Jamie’s] reps is what did they know and when did they realize it about eavesdropping listening units underneath her mattress in her bed room one thing that may be very, very troubling however that’s for regulation enforcement, not me to make the final word conclusion.”
“Britney Spears testified underneath oath about James Spears cruelty and poisonous presence in her life,” he advised the choose. “There’s a mountain of proof mandating his suspension.”
Jamie had been in command of Spears’ funds since 2008 after she underwent a collection of involuntary holds following a public spectacle that noticed her shave her head in entrance of the paparazzi