... are getting a rather nice payday, acccording to CNN:
A court commissioner on Thursday authorized various lawyers representing Britney Spears and her family to be paid more than $372,500 out of Spears' funds.
Britney Spears' father has had control of her finances since her hospitalizations in January.
Commissioner Reva Goetz ordered the attorneys paid from Spears' assets, which are under the control of her father, James Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet. They have had control of the pop star's finances and estate since she was hospitalized twice in January.
More detail from Contact Music:
BRITNEY SPEARS has been hit with a legal bill of almost $400,000...
A Los Angeles court ordered the pop star to pay the cash to the numerous lawyers involved in all her legal affairs over the past three months.That includes her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline and her conservatorship issues.
At a hearing on Thursday (17Apr08), Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled Spears' court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham will continue to receive $10,000 a week and Andrew Wallet, the co-conservator of Spears' finances, will receive an advance of $100,000.
People.com reports Wallet has not received a salary for his services to Spears since taking over her estate issues with the pop star's father Jamie in February (08).
Meanwhile, the law firm which won Jamie Spears control of his daughter's affairs will also be advanced $175,000, and a lawyer representing the singer's brother Bryan Spears has been handed a $22,000 windfall.Finally, Spears' new divorce lawyer, Stacy Phillips, has been awarded $75,000.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto