James Spears will no longer control Britney's $60 million estate; singer free to live her own life

For the first time since 2008, Britney Spears will be without her father’s oversight, a Los Angeles judge has ruled.

At the hearing on Wednesday, Judge Brenda Penny granted a petition by the singer’s new lawyer, suspending James P. Spears, 69, from his position as conservator of his daughter’s $60 million estate — a move Ms. Spears was pleading for, her lawyer said.

“This man does not belong in her life, your honor, for another day,” Mathew S. Rosengart, who took over as the singer’s lawyer in July, argued in court. “Please hear the plea of my client.”

After hearing from both sides, the judge agreed that suspending Mr. Spears was in his daughter’s best interest. “The current situation is not tenable,” Judge Penny said.

The court named a California accountant, John Zabel, as the temporary conservator of the singer’s finances as Mr. Rosengart had requested.

The major decision capped a whirlwind summer in the 13-year conservatorship, after Ms. Spears broke her public silence at a hearing in June, bringing even more attention to the unusual and closely watched case. “I am traumatized,” she said in court at the time, calling for those overseeing the conservatorship to be investigated and jailed, and calling her father “the one who approved all of it.”

The conservatorship was established in 2008, after Mr. Spears sought control over his pop star daughter’s life and business, citing her mental health struggles and substance abuse.

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