- Britney Spears’ attorneys have objected to paying her mother’s attorney fees in a new filing.
- Lynne Spears had requested that Britney Spears pay $663,202.84 of fees through the conservatorship.
- In January, a judge denied a request to create a pool of conservatorship funds to pay out attorney fees.
Britney Spears’ attorneys have objected to paying over $600,000 of legal fees requested by her mother Lynne Spears, ahead of a hearing focused on the fee petition, according to court documents.
In November 2021, Lynne Spears filed a petition seeking for Britney Spears to pay $663,202.84 of attorney fees through her and the conservatorship’s funds.
“Britney Spears has for decades been her family’s sole breadwinner, supporting her entire family,” the pop star’s attorney Mathew Rosengart wrote in Tuesday’s objection.
“In view of the Petition, it warrants noting that Lynne Spears has for at least a decade resided in a large, expensive house owned by Britney Spears in Kentwood, Louisiana, for which her daughter has also continuously — and generously — paid Lynne Spears’s utilities , telephone services, insurance, property taxes, landscaping, pool work, pest control, repairs, and maintenance, totaling approximately $1.7 million,” Rosengart added.
On January 19, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny denied a request to create a reserve of funds from Britney Spears’ former conservatorship that would be used to pay attorney fees for Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears, and to her former attorney Samuel D. Ingham , III.
In the latest objection, Rosengart reiterated that Britney Spears should choose how she uses her funds, and the petition will be addressed at a hearing on Wednesday, April 6.
Britney Spears was in a 13-year conservatorship that granted a group of people, including her father, control over her personal, medical, and financial decisions.
On September 7, Jamie Spears filed a petition to end Britney Spears’ conservatorship, which the pop star’s legal team labeled as a “massive” legal victory. The conservatorship was officially terminated on November 12.
Though the conservatorship is over, there are still financial details that are being worked out, including who would pay for the attorneys retained during the conservatorship.
Firms are requesting millions of dollars in attorney fees from Britney Spears’ estate, according to filings, and Holland & Knight, who formerly represented Jamie Spears, is requesting more than a million dollars alone.
Britney Spears’ attorneys wrote that “this is, in effect, an issue between Lynne Spears and her lawyers, and there is no legal basis for placing Britney Spears in the middle of it.”
“If the Petition has a theme, it is that the efforts of Lynne Spears and her counsel ‘achieved Lynne’s mission,'” the attorneys added in the objection. “With respect, even putting aside that the Petition ignores the efforts of the Court itself, it also minimizes the extraordinary tenacity and perseverance of Britney Spears herself, who objects to the Petition.”
Britney and Lynne Spears’ attorneys did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.