A Los Angeles court has ordered further psychiatric tests to be carried out on BRITNEY SPEARS to determine whether she is capable of making her own decisions in her various legal affairs.
Court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham was sent to the UCLA Medical Center on Sunday (03Feb08) to assess Spears, who is currently being held for psychiatric treatment, and determined that the singer “does not understand” her current legal situation and even “lacks the capacity” to hire her own attorneys.
Ingham’s findings were revealed at Monday’s (04Feb08) hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court, where Spears’ new lawyer, Adam Streisand, attempted to have the star’s father Jamie removed as conservator of her estate.
Jamie Spears was put in charge of the singer’s medical, financial and legal affairs last Friday (01Feb08) after the 26-year-old was committed to hospital.
Jamie even has the right to restrict visitors to his daughter.
Streisand insisted the move is a cause of great distress to his client – as she does not trust Jamie to handle her affairs.
He told the court, “She (Spears) has expressed to me very strongly that her father not be the conservator. There has been an estrangement for quite some time. With him as conservator, that is causing her more agitation and more distress.”
But Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz denied Streisand’s request to overturn the order, leaving control with the singer’s father until a further hearing on 14 February (08).
The hearing went on to impose a ban on Spears engaging in any form of communication with her self-proclaimed manager, Sam Lutfi.
Goetz concluded the session by ordering a court-appointed physician to evaluate the singer’s “competence to make her own decisions” and to report back on 13 February (08).
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