Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears claims the man appointed to replace him is not qualified to serve as the pop star’s estate curator, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles on Monday.
Spears and his lawyer recently appointed John Zabel, a certified public accountant, to replace his father if Jamie Spears resigned or was pulled from the arrangement. his fatherto resign when “the time is right” and said the guardianship should be terminated soon – something his legal team repeated on Monday.
“There is no need for a temporary curator because there is no vacant curatorial post,” Jamie Spears’ lawyers wrote. “Mr. Spears continues to serve faithfully as the curator of the estate, as he has done for the past thirteen years. Mr Spears has not and should not be suspended, especially as the curatorial position is expected to end soon. “
Jamie Spears’ attorney said Zabel was not a “licensed professional trustee” and did not have the background or experience to manage a $ 60 million guardianship. The lawyer also claimed that Zabel was “swindled” out of $ 1 million of her own funds on a real estate project in 2008.
“This is not a situation in which a layman could step in and learn on the job, as it appears Mr. Zabel should be,” the file said. “Therefore, it would not be in the best interests of the Registrar of the Court.”
Zabel and Britney’s attorney did not immediately respond to CBS News’s request for comment. Both parties will be back in court on Wednesday afternoon.
In a separate petition, attorney for Jamie Spears asked the presiding judge, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny, to immediately focus on the request to end the guardianship and involve both parties to a mandatory settlement or private mediation where all of Spears’ members pending petitions could be settled.
“The last thing this Court or this Registrar needs or wants would be a protracted and costly litigation over pending or final accounts and fee claims,” the record reads. “There may be issues that need to be addressed, but despite the unfounded arguments of Conservatee’s new lawyer, Mr. Spears doesn’t think they are many or complicated. mediation, and that everyone would act in good faith, Mr. Spears believes all outstanding issues could be resolved. “
Spears spent several years trying to oust his father from his role as curator. In an explosive testimony from June, she“abusive” guardianship, saying she felt understated and that her father was in control of everything she did.
Recent allegations from the New York Times claim Jamie Spears was responsible for illegally wiretapping his daughter’s home and personal cellphones to record and monitor her private conversations, including those relating to guardianship. Spears’ attorney asked the court to investigate the allegations, calling the“unfathomable” and saying it showed Jamie Spears should be removed as soon as possible.
Jamie Spears’ lawyersthere is no reason to replace him, claiming that all the evidence against him is wrong and inadmissible. They also claimed probate investigators had not uncovered wrongdoing in the 13 years he was a curator.
“It should be noted that for thirteen years, throughout the duration of this tutelage, the estate investigators conducted regular and recurring investigations on the basis of interviews with many people, including health professionals,” reads -on in Monday’s file.
“Throughout this time, to the best of Mr. Spears’ knowledge and belief, not a single medical professional or the report of a single probate investigator recommended that Mr. Spears be present in as long as a registrar was harming Mrs. Spears or should be replaced as registrar of the estate.