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June 08, 2012  | by: Julia Cuozzo

Britney has not had control of her empire since 2008

In case you didn’t know, Britney Spears has been under a conservatorship held by her father, Jamie Spears, since early 2008. If anyone is wondering why, the long and short of it is that Britney had illustrated some behavior in the public eye that was not ideal for an idol.

The incidents include shaving her head, going to rehab, losing custody of her children, and driving without a license, which was discovered after she got into a few fender benders. This contributed to her loved ones opting for an intervention and though they had tried the ” as seen on TV” sort of way, they needed a business intervention, as well. They opted for a conservatorship, naming her father, Jamie, as conservator (later adding Jason Trawick as a co-conservator who is not allowed to touch the money).

Britney with her father. Credit: Michael Wright/WENN

According to , a conservator is “a guardian and protector appointed by a judge to protect and manage the financial affairs and/or the person’s daily life due to physical or mental limitations or old age. The conservator may be only of the ‘estate’ (meaning financial affairs), but may be also of the ‘person,’ when he/she takes charge of overseeing the daily activities, such as health care or living arrangements of the conservatee. The process is that a relative or friend petitions the local superior court for appointment of a specific conservator, with written notice served on the potential conservatee…”

Basically, every decision has to be made with the permission of Jamie Spears. Jason Trawick even had to ask Jamie’s permission for marriage! (Clearly, this was before he was made a co-conservator, himself.)

Now, however, claims to have a source who is under the impression that Britney would like to end the conservatorship. According to the source:

“Brit could absolutely be in court at that time. The judge wants to make sure that Britney is handling the stress of her new job appropriately. Remember, Britney could absolutely petition the court to attempt to end the conservatorship, any of the interested parties could also do so. The only person that can formally end the conservatorship though is the judge and she has to be convinced by the most important people in Britney’s life, her medical doctors, that it’s the best thing to do. Britney is grateful to her dad for giving up his personal life to save her but she wants to stand on her own two feet now.”

With the new “X Factor” gig secured, and a new, family-approved, fiancé, do you think Britney is ready to take full control of her life? Or do you think she may be trying to take on too much, too fast?

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