Britney Spears Conservatorship: What Latest Ruling Means for Her Future

Britney Spears' conservatorship has made waves around the world, after the #FreeBritney campaign shone a spotlight on her situation. She broke her silence on June 23, delivering shocking testimony, and the latest court filings have received major news coverage.

The latest developments have big implications for the pop star.

What Latest Conservatorship Ruling Means for Britney Spears

On June 30, the Los Angeles Superior Court released its ruling in regards to Spears' request to make Bessemer Trust Company the sole conservator of her estate.

In November 2020, Britney Spears had filed to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed as conservator.

Jamie Spears has held that position since 2008, when the conservatorship was created.

The November 2020 request was denied in February 2021, and Bessemer Trust Company was made a co-conservator with Jamie Spears.

This was officially signed off in court documents released on June 30, reading: "The conservatee's request to suspend JAMES P. SPEARS immediately upon the appointment of BESSEMER TRUST COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA, N.A. as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice."

Within the same documents, Britney Spears' conservatorship remained in place, as she was declared "substantially unable to manage his or her financial resources or to resist fraud or undue influence."

On July 1, however, Bessemer Trust Company filed papers requesting to withdraw from the conservatorship altogether.

According to multiple news outlets, the company's documents state that it had believed the conservatorship was "voluntary" and has now requested to be removed due to "changed circumstances."

The filings go on to specify concerns raised by Britney Spears' testimony on June 23.

Although the Bessemer Trust Company was officially made co-conservator on June 30, it said it had not received authorization to act as Britney Spears' co-conservator.

Ultimately, this means Jamie Spears would remain sole conservator.

For those fearing Britney Spears' testimony is being ignored, this is not the case.

The 39-year-old made some shocking claims about the reach of her conservatorship, including that it does not allow her to remove her intrauterine device.

She said: "This so-called team won't let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don't want me to have children—any more children.

"So, basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good."

She also claimed she was not allowed to get married, or spend time with friends she met through AA meetings who live close by.

Britney Spears also claimed she was not given any "self-care methods" for a year during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was given two therapy options when she was struggling with her mental health.

These comments, however, are not related to the most recent ruling, which brings some hope to her case and to the #FreeBritney campaign.

In fact, in light of Britney Spears' testimony, her father has requested an evidential hearing, which will mean she and others will be heard under oath.

Since her statement in court during a special hearing, her father has petitioned the court over his concerns about Jodi Montgomery, who was named the conservator of the person in September 2019.

In these documents, filed on June 29, Jamie Spears shared his concerns since his daughter's testimony, suggesting a recent filing to appoint Montgomery as a permanent conservator of the person "does not reflect her wishes."

The court documents read: "Ms. Spears told the Court on June 23 that she opposed being under a conservatorship and revealed her ongoing disputes with Ms. Montgomery about her medical treatment and other personal care issues.

"These statements contradict the notion that Ms. Spears would seek to have Ms. Montgomery appointed as her permanent Conservator of the Person."

He also said he had no intention to attempt to be conservator of the person, although he remains the majority conservator within the framework.

Outside of these court filings, further events have taken place that will have a potential effect on Britney Spears' conservatorship.

On July 6, her manager, Larry Rudolph, resigned from his post, stating he had no involvement in her conservatorship but felt he was no longer needed, as his client expressed her wish to retire.

In a resignation letter published by Deadline, he wrote: "It has been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus.

"Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire...

"And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney's best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed."

Not long after this, her legal counsel, Samuel Ingham III, resigned on appointment of a new lawyer to represent her.

In court documents, via Variety, he wrote: "SAMUEL D. INGHAM III hereby resigns as court-appointed counsel for BRITNEY JEAN SPEARS, conservatee, effective upon the appointment of new court-appointed counsel."

Britney Spears can still file to terminate her conservatorship altogether, but this has not yet taken place.

Update: 7/2/21, 5.30 a. m. ET: This article was updated to add details of court filings on July 1.

Britney Spear and Free Britney campaigners
Britney Spears and "Free Britney" campaigners, who appeared at her conservatorship hearing in June. Spears has filed to make another party her sole conservatorship, which was denied. Steve Granitz/Rich Fury/Getty Images