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Britney Spears' mom says the singer has been able to take care of herself 'for the past many years' in new court filing

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Britney Spears & mother Lynn Spears during "The Four Feathers" Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, in 2002.
Britney Spears & mother Lynn Spears during "The Four Feathers" Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, in 2002. SGranitz/WireImage via Getty Images
  • A new court filing from Lynne Spears says she wants Britney to be able to pick her own lawyer.

  • Previously Britney Spears was represented by a court-appointed attorney paid by her conservatorship.

  • The petition filed by Lynne's attorneys say Britney is able to care for herself and make decisions.

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Attorneys for Britney Spears' mother, Lynne Spears, said in a court filing this week that the pop star has been "able to care" for herself for years and asked the court to "listen to the wishes of her daughter." In the court filing first obtained by Buzzfeed News, Lynne Spears asked the court to allow Britney Spears to hire her own attorney in her conservatorship case.

"Now, and for the past many years, [Britney Spears] is able to care for her person and in fact has, inside of the parameters of this conservatorship, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity," the court filing said.

The filing from Lynne's attorneys appears to have been submitted on Tuesday, the same day Britney's court-appointed lawyer, Sam Ingham III, asked to resign. Ingham was appointed to Spears' case in 2008.

"We've kind of built a relationship but I haven't really had the opportunity by my own self to actually handpick my own lawyer by myself," Britney Spears said during her June 23 court testimony. "And I would like to be able to do that."

Britney Spears, seated and flanked by her parents and brother
Britney Spears with her father Jamie (left), brother Bryan, and mother Lynne at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in 2006. Chris Farina/Corbis via Getty Images

Lynne was supportive of the decision to form a legal guardianship for her daughter in 2008, and name Jamie (Britney's father and Lynne's ex-husband) as the conservator. But according to a recent report from Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino at the New Yorker, Lynne was under the assumption at the time that the conservatorship would only last a few months. Instead it's gone on for 13 years.

"I got mixed feelings about everything," Lynne told the New Yorker in a recent interview. "I don't know what to think ... It's a lot of pain, a lot of worry."

"Her capacity is certainly different today than it was in 2008," Lynne Spears' attorneys wrote in the new court filing.

The new petition from Lynne's lawyers references not only Britney's wish to "handpick her own lawyer by herself," but also noted other requests Britney made during her June 23 testimony. The singer had requested that the conservatorship be "terminated without her having to endure another evaluation," and that she "be allowed to ride in her boyfriend's car" and "see her friends," as well as "have her IUD removed."

To learn more about the #FreeBritney movement and her conservatorship, read Insider's full timeline of the legal battle here.

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