Denied Britney lawyer won't give up on her conservatorship case

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Washington, Mar 12 : New York based attorney Jon Eardley, who no longer has any authority over Britney Spears' legal matters, made an appeal regarding her conservatorship.

The appeal was made to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday March 11 on behalf of the 26-year-old singer.

Eardley, in the documents filed at the court, objected to court commissioner Reva Goetz allowing Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew Wallet to assume shared control over Britney's finances, without giving her the mandatory five days notice of their intentions.

Jamie and Wallet had been made temporary coconservators of Britney's estate by Reva Goetz on Feb 01. This had happened a day after the singer was hospitalized for psychological evaluation at UCLA Medical Centre.

The arrangement was then extended to go on at least till July 31, another reason, which made Eardley, file the case. According to him, there was an unscheduled hearing arranged on March 05, which was "conducted in secrecy and without notice of counsel."

Apart from the conservatorship and the prolonging of it, Jon is also looking towards reversing Goetz's approval of Jamie receiving a weekly stipend of 2,500 dollars and of Samuel Ingham, who is Britney's court-appointed attorney, getting 58,000 dollars in attorney's fees, as both payments will be coming out of Britney's estimated 100 dollar million fortune.

Eardley had, at the behest of Sam Lutfi, who was once Britney's constant companion, tried to get the conservatorship case transferred to federal court. His argument being that the state court had trampled her civil rights by imposing her father's authority without properly investigating Jamie and Lynne Spears' outspoken concerns about Britney's welfare.

Jon's motion was ruled against by U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez on Feb 26, who said that the attorney had failed "to explain why he can bring this claim for her in the first instance."

"Mr. Eardley had no authority to remove the case from state court," E!Online quoted Gutierrez as having written in his decision.

"He is neither a party nor a defendant. While he claims to be Ms. Spears's attorney, the probate court...found that she was incapable of retaining her own counsel," he added.

Eardley would have had to pay 43,000 dollars as compensatory attorneys' fees to Jamie, for filing the unnecessary case against the conservatorship, however Gutierrez ruled against it.

ANI

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