Attorneys for Jamie Spears and a management firm hint at looming battle over Britney Spears’ estate paying unresolved legal fees after she is granted financial powers

A side by side image of Jamie Spears (a white man in his 60s), Britney Spears (a 30-year-old woman with blonde hair), and Lynne Spears (a woman in her 50s with brown hair).
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  • Insider attended the latest hearing in Britney Spears’ conservatorship case.
  • Though the conservatorship has been terminated, there are still procedural loose ends to tie.
  • A lawyer for Jamie Spears questioned whether Britney’s estate will pay legal fees requested by her parents.

During a Wednesday hearing in the ongoing Britney Spears conservatorship case, lawyers for the singer’s father and the management firm long-tied to the conservatorship raised the question of whether or not the pop star’s estate will pay various legal fees. Her parents and former conservators have previously requested that Britney’s estate pay the fees, in the aftermath of the contentious legal battle.

The hearing comes nearly one month after Judge Brenda Penny granted Spears’ request that her nearly 14-year conservatorship be terminated.

Now, both Spears’ lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, and a group of attorneys representing her parents and temporary conservators are participating in ongoing hearings meant to tie up the loose ends of the legal arrangement.

Insider was present at Wednesday’s hearing, during which Penny granted an interim motion allowing the singer to sign her own estate paperwork, marking the first time in more than a decade Spears will have such power over her own finances.

The various attorneys on Wednesday discussed a set of proposed orders over how to proceed with the termination of the conservatorship, some of which have been the subject of recent disagreements between Jamie Spears and the remaining temporary conservators John Zabel and Jodi Montgomery.

After Penny granted Spears new powers over her estate planning, Jamie Spears’ lawyer, Alex Weingarten, and an attorney for Tri Star, the management firm that oversaw the singer’s estate until 2020, raised the issue of whether or not the singer’s newly-independent estate would pay the hefty legal fees being requested by the singer’s parents and temporary and former conservators.

“As long as Ms. Spears agrees with that, we’re OK with that,” Justin Gold, a lawyer for Zabel said in court. Britney Spears’ mother Lynne Spears, among others, has submitted a fee petition that will be discussed at a January hearing.

Weingarten and the Tri Star lawyer were adamant in confirming that Spears’ new document-signing powers would not inhibit the requested fees from being paid if they were indeed granted at the upcoming hearing. 

Rosengart and Gold remained tight-lipped on the subject, but said as long as the singer was in agreement, they had no objections. 

One of the final hurdles for the court to fully dissolve the conservatorship is a petition for substituted judgment that Penny must approve, a document she agreed to place under seal with no objections on Wednesday ahead of the next hearing where the petition will be discussed.

The petition concerns the conditions under which Zabel, the temporary financial co-conservator, can assist Britney Spears in transferring assets to her estate.

The next hearing is scheduled for January 19, 2022, at which time the petition and financial fees will be reviewed.

Insider reached out to attorneys representing Britney Spears, John Zabel, Jodi Montgomery, Lynne Spears, Jamie Spears and Tri Star for additional comment.