Britney Spears’ court battle with her dad is getting expensive — and he wants her to foot the bill for it.
Jamie Spears has filed legal papers seeking to have the “Toxic” singer’s estate pay more than $3 million in legal fees including more than $1 million to his own lawyers, who are working to keep the 39-year-old’s conservatorship in place, according to documents obtained by Page Six.
“If approved by the judge, this money would come from Britney’s estate, meaning she essentially would be paying her own father’s lawyers to fight her in court,” a source close to Britney tells Page Six.
The $3 million being requested by the elder Spears is for services rendered between November 2019 and February 2021.
“Britney’s inner circle feels it is an exorbitant amount of money to ask for, especially from someone who is not working at the moment and has stated that she has no plans to resume her career under her father’s control,” the source says.
In his petition, Jamie, 68, requested to continue receiving $16,000 per month for his role as co-conservator of the estate as well as $2,000 per month for an office space, equating to $288,000 for the 16-month period.
He also asked that his attorneys at Freeman,Freeman & Smiley LLP and Holland & Knight receive $574,625 and $893,751, respectively.
The Holland & Knight bill, in particular, includes the firm’s communications team’s fees of $500 to $900 per hour to respond to media inquiries regarding the conservatorship.
In addition to Jamie’s team of lawyers, the petition lays out requested payments of $378,333 to Britney’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, and $238,272 to Loeb & Loeb, the law firm that Ingham hired to assist him in the pop star’s court battle.
Page Six has reached out to Britney’s rep and Jamie’s attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen for comment