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Lynne Spears' Legal Manoeuvres : A Research Thread


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Super Sleuths...

You were right. I was wrong. :katyclown_makeup_mess_pie_meme_smile:

This thread is dedicated to Lynne Spears legal team, including Gladstone Jones III, a specialist in environmental law and commercial litigation (https://jonesswanson.com/), and friend and donor to the Governor of Louisiana.
 

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Hit me with what you've got...I'm looking for:

  • Key dates, including the date Lynne Spears first hired Gladstone Jones III and probate specialist Yasha Bronshteyn.
  • Legal manoeuvres made in the probate court between May 2019 and present.
  • Any evidence of Lynne Spears' legal team working with Samuel Ingham III.
  • Any evidence of Lynne Spears' legal team working with Sam Lutfi's lawyer.
  • Any evidence of Lynne Spears' legal team or Samuel Ingham leaking documents to LFB.

Is there anything else you might add to the list? Drop it here.

As always...Thank you for your help! :bparty_piece_of_me_pom_britney_clubbing_blackout_2007_dancing_dance:

 

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JL's text messages from November 2020:

“Mom and her lawyers have been in constant contact with Sam Ingram [sic] about everything, and I first found that strange since you and mom are not even speaking. I did not understand why mom would be involving herself or inserting HER opinion to YOUR lawyer, ESPECIALLY if you did not ask her to."

"I quickly realized, moms focus has been on dad, and her personal attack on him, instead of on you and what you need. I think she has your lawyer fighting more for HER agenda then yours and it’s only delayed your progress, and cost you more money.”

https://www.barstoolsports.com/blog/3402784/the-case-for-jamie-lynn-spears-continued-after-part-2-of-the-call-her-daddy-interview

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The timeline as it currently appears:

Apr. 16, 2019 - A recording is leaked by the Britney's Gram podcast in which a paralegal claims that Britney was forced into a mental health facility against her will after refusing to take her medication during Domination rehearsals.

Apr. 25, 2019 - Britney completes her stay at a mental health facility.

Apr. 29, 2019 - Sam Lutfi sends Lynne Spears a long message and $1,000, asking her to lawyer up and fight for control of the conservatorship. He tells her the "b gram girls would like to speak to you as well."

May 6, 2019 - Lynne Spears files to retain Louisiana attorney Gladstone N. Jones III and to become an interested party in Britney's conservatorship.

May 8, 2019 - A five-year restraining order is issued against Sam Lutfi, ordering him to stay away from Britney Spears, her parents, and two children.

May 8, 2019 - Lynne Spears' request to retain legal counsel is fast-tracked and approved by the probate court in time for an upcoming May 10th hearing.

May 10, 2019 - An evaluation is ordered after Britney appears in court alongside her mother Lynne, who is attempting to gain access to medical records.

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Some quick notes from the Christopher Melcher video:

  • Lynne's Louisiana attorney Gladstone Jones III is not licensed to practice in California, so a second lawyer, Yasha Bronshteyn, was hired.
  • Since Yasha Bronshteyn is a California probate attorney there was a duplicate effort going on.
  • Between Jones, Bronshteyn, and Jones' colleague Lynn E. Swanson, they have "little to show" for their efforts.
  • As an interested party, Lynne Spears had the power to file for termination of the conservatorship. She failed to do so.
  • Bessemer Trust was appointed co-conservator of Britney's estate, but Lynne's lawyers failed to follow up.
  • No letters of conservatorship were issued, and six months lapsed before Bessemer was appointed.
  • Lynne's lawyers offered no criticism of Lou M. Taylor's billing practices or of Jamie's surveillance of Britney.
  • Jones billed $800 per hour. Swanson billed $700 per hour. Both had to get "up to speed" on probate law before they could even work on the case.
  • Jones billed for 441 hours of talking to Lynne Spears and was asking for $504,000. This represents a 40% discount.
  • Bronshteyn billed for 65 hours for preparing court papers and was asking $146,000.

Melcher feels that one reason why Lynne Spears may be interested in being involved in the conservatorship is that she's receiving $150,000 per year for upkeep of Serenity.

Apart from that, Melcher couldn't find any benefit to having Lynne Spears being involved as an interested party.

However...

I do remember that it was Lynne's lawyer who advocated for Britney to be able to speak during her June testimony.

Can anyone recall any other benefits that Lynne's lawyers brought to the case?

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57 minutes ago, Steel Magnolia said:

Can anyone recall any other benefits that Lynne's lawyers brought to the case

If I remember correctly it was Lynn's lawyers who first questioned the 12th accounting, and it was Lynn's lawyer who wrote to advocate for Britney to be able to hire an attorney of her choice after Ingham resigned (Jodi was trying to have a chaperon "help" while Britney was with her new attorney and Ingham wanted another court appointed attorney)...

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11 hours ago, Steel Magnolia said:

Some quick notes from the Christopher Melcher video:

  • Lynne's Louisiana attorney Gladstone Jones III is not licensed to practice in California, so a second lawyer, Yasha Bronshteyn, was hired.
  • Since Yasha Bronshteyn is a California probate attorney there was a duplicate effort going on.
  • Between Jones, Bronshteyn, and Jones' colleague Lynn E. Swanson, they have "little to show" for their efforts.
  • As an interested party, Lynne Spears had the power to file for termination of the conservatorship. She failed to do so.
  • Bessemer Trust was appointed co-conservator of Britney's estate, but Lynne's lawyers failed to follow up.
  • No letters of conservatorship were issued, and six months lapsed before Bessemer was appointed.
  • Lynne's lawyers offered no criticism of Lou M. Taylor's billing practices or of Jamie's surveillance of Britney.
  • Jones billed $800 per hour. Swanson billed $700 per hour. Both had to get "up to speed" on probate law before they could even work on the case.
  • Jones billed for 441 hours of talking to Lynne Spears and was asking for $504,000. This represents a 40% discount.
  • Bronshteyn billed for 65 hours for preparing court papers and was asking $146,000.

Melcher feels that one reason why Lynne Spears may be interested in being involved in the conservatorship is that she's receiving $150,000 per year for upkeep of Serenity.

Apart from that, Melcher couldn't find any benefit to having Lynne Spears being involved as an interested party.

However...

I do remember that it was Lynne's lawyer who advocated for Britney to be able to speak during her June testimony.

Can anyone recall any other benefits that Lynne's lawyers brought to the case?

There is a lot that obviously happened behind the scenes but my guess is:

Britney had enough after being forced in to the facility and put on lithium. The only power she had left was to refuse to work. 

I think that's why Lynne wanted access to the medical information and keep an eye what was going on. 

I am not sure how the laws are in the State of California are laid out on how lawyers can cooperate in this case.  I would love for someone to fill me in. 

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November 10, 2020:

"Gladstone Jones makes a statement on behalf of Britney's mother, Lynne Spears. This includes a recounting of Jamie stating that his daughter needs to be handled like a race horse. Lynne supports Britney's request for Jamie to be replaced with "a new professional bank of sole conservator of the estate." Mr. Jones also references 18 months of the court hearing Britney's complaints about Jamie. Lynne contends that Jamie imposes "unreasonable and debilitating demands on Britney."

Mr. Jones also refers to the conservatorship as "voluntary".

Source: https://www.freebritney.net/post/transcript-of-nov-10-2020-hearing

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42 minutes ago, Steel Magnolia said:

November 10, 2020:

"Gladstone Jones makes a statement on behalf of Britney's mother, Lynne Spears. This includes a recounting of Jamie stating that his daughter needs to be handled like a race horse. Lynne supports Britney's request for Jamie to be replaced with "a new professional bank of sole conservator of the estate." Mr. Jones also references 18 months of the court hearing Britney's complaints about Jamie. Lynne contends that Jamie imposes "unreasonable and debilitating demands on Britney."

Mr. Jones also refers to the conservatorship as "voluntary".

Source: https://www.freebritney.net/post/transcript-of-nov-10-2020-hearing

Has anyone ever come across the transcript of the 2019 hearing in which Britney spoke about abuse?  She referenced it in June 2021 about why she hadn't appeared before the judge in a long time.  

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Side note...

I don't agree with Christopher Melcher's assessment that Lynne's legal team had "nothing to show for it" because they didn't file to terminate.

Rosengart didn't file to terminate either...Not until he was sure the financials were going on the court record.

That's simply a legal strategy...The same legal strategy I assumed Ingham was taking before Rosengart came on board.

Melcher's criticism of the six-month delay in filing the paperwork to officially appoint Bessemer Trust is fair. That part I agree with.

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55 minutes ago, Ghoulia said:

Has anyone ever come across the transcript of the 2019 hearing in which Britney spoke about abuse?  She referenced it in June 2021 about why she hadn't appeared before the judge in a long time.  

If I recall correctly, that testimony was in private with the judge and there's no transcript (or it's sealed)

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Take a look at what occurred during the six-month lapse between Penny approving Bessemer and Ingham officially filing the paperwork...

Also take a look at events in the weeks leading up to Bessemer's initial nomination...

While doing so, consider what was going on behind the scenes, and what the "Free Britney" crowd was focusing on at the time... 

Key dates:

July 13, 2020 - Lynne Spears files a "Request for Special Notice" with the court in the matter of the SJB Revocable Trust.

Aug. 17, 2020 - Sam Lutfi sends a "cease and desist" letter to Lou M. Taylor regarding her allegations on social media that Lutfi admitted to writing disparaging emails about Taylor. Lutfi contends that Britney wrote the emails calling Taylor a "crazy lady" and a "stalker."

Aug. 18, 2020 - An accounting report shows Britney's assets in the "estate" to be valued at nearly $56.4-million.

Aug. 21, 2020 - Jamie Lynn files a Petition for Order to Deposit Trust Assets Into Blocked Account(s).

Jamie Lynn includes an application to involve Stonebridge Wealth Management as an authorized agent. Lou M. Taylor has 13+ years of experience with Stonebridge.

Aug. 23, 2020 - Owner of Black Box Security, Edan Yemini, forwards an email to security guard Alex Vlasov in which Britney's court-appointed counsel, Samuel Ingham, asks James Spears' lawyer for confirmation that calls, texts, and voicemails from Britney's new phone will not be monitored, "directly or indirectly."

Aug. 23, 2020 - Owner of Black Box Security, Edan Yemini, instructs security guard Alex Vlasov to cease monitoring Britney's communications with her court-appointed counsel, Samuel Ingham.

Aug. 24, 2020 - James Spears' lawyer, Geraldine Wyle, confirms to Samuel Ingham that Mr. Spears does not have access to Britney's calls, texts, or voicemails.

Aug. 27, 2020 - Samuel Ingham nominates Bessemer Trust to become conservator of Britney's estate.

Sept. 16, 2020 - James Spears requests the court allow Andrew Wallet to once again become co-conservator of Britney's estate.

Sept. 22, 2020 - The civil suit against Sam Lutfi ends with an Order to Show Cause hearing (Failure to Prosecute the Case).

Nov. 2, 2020 - Jamie Lynn withdraws her petition to move assets and asks to resign as sole Trustee of the SJB Revocable Trust.

Nov. 3, 2020 - Tri Star Sports, owned by Lou M. Taylor, resigns as Britney’s business manager without prior notice.

Nov. 3, 2020 - Jamie Spears retains Michael Kane to serve as Britney’s business manager.

Nov. 10, 2020 - Judge Brenda Penny refuses to remove James Spears as sole financial conservator, but approves Bessemer Trust as co-conservator of her estate.

Nov. 11, 2020 - Jamie Lynne Spears texts Britney to let her know that her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham, was working closely with Lynne Spears and her lawyers. She says her father, Jamie Spears, wants to resign, but wants to confirm this with Britney one-on-one without involvement of the lawyers. Jamie Lynn says she feels that Ingham purposely left his petition to remove Jamie full of holes because he is working to the benefit of Lynne and not Britney. She also says Ingham may have toured the mental health facility that Britney was forced into in January of 2019.

Feb. 11, 2021 - Jamie Spears files an objection to the proposed order appointing Bessemer Trust as co-conservator of her estate.

Apr. 26, 2021 - Jamie Spears' attorneys accuse Lynne Spears' legal team of sharing their objections to James' legal fees with lawyers representing Sam Lutfi.

June 23, 2021 - For a second time, Britney testifies to the probate court that, among other things, Larry Rudolph threatened to sue her if she didn't agree to the POM summer tour; that she had no time off between the summer tour and the rehearsals for the new Domination residency; that Larry Rudolph called her doctor and lied about her not taking her medication as punishment for not agreeing to perform choreography for the Domination residency; that she was put on lithium as punishment for asking to cancel the Domination residency; that she was forced into a mental health facility for a month in January of 2019 as punishment for cancelling the Domination residency.

She also testifies that she wants to have a baby but her father will not allow her to remove her IUD; that she wants to sue her family; that her court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham failed to tell her that she could file to terminate the conservatorship; that she wants a new lawyer; and that she wants to terminate the conservatorship immediately.

June 25, 2021 - Samuel Ingham files the paperwork to make Bessemer Trust the co-conservator of Britney's estate alongside Jamie Spears, six months after requesting it orally.

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