Judge Approves Over $1 Million In Legal Bills, Payments From Britney Spears

Britney Spears is back with a hit album and a worldwide 2009 tour, but going from her troubled start at the beginning of 2008 to the top of the charts hasn’t come cheaply.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge approved over $1.5 million in payouts to those who have assisted the pop singer, who has been under a conservatorship overseen by her father, Jamie Spears and attorney Adam Wallet, since earlier this year.

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“My client has made an informed consent to all of these fee amounts,” Britney’s lawyer, Sam Ingham, said in court Monday.

Britney’s father, Jamie, has been receiving $10,000 a month for working as part of the conservatorship to assist his daughter. And on Monday, the judge approved a pay raise for Jamie due to Britney’s hectic schedule, allowing him to now receive $16,125 a month. He was also approved to receive $37,556 from previous business.

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The judge also approved $1,200 per month for Jamie to rent an office, where he will be working on the conservatorship.

Britney’s older brother, Bryan Spears, who is a trustee of a trust established in Britney’s name, was also approved for a payment of $200,000 for his services to the “Circus” singer prior to the establishment of the conservatorship.

Sam Ingham, who serves as Britney’s attorney, was approved to receive $143,643, while $81,849 was approved for co-conservator Wallet.

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Luce Forward’s law firm, which represents Jamie Spears, was approved for the largest sum of money — $509,080 – for their work.

Michael Flanagan, who was Britney’s lawyer during her driver’s license case earlier this fall, was ordered to be paid $11,811.

A payment of $15,275 was approved for Laura Wasser, the counselor who serves as Britney’s family law attorney.

Additionally, the judge ordered a $1.5 million dollar bond as insurance to protect the conservatorship.

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