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Time for your morning Britney Spears news update - legal style.

Jamie Spears' attorney and Britney Spears' co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, met for a closed-door session. Discussing what? We're not sure.

A court spokesperson said everything about yesterday's matter is sealed, and he could not disclose even why they were even in court.

We had speculated that Jamie was seeking help from the court in enforcing his legal control over Britney, who he feels was released too soon from UCLA.

Meanwhile, Laura Wasser, Brit's former attorney, paid a visit to the UCLA psych ward last Tuesday and it looks like she may be retained again.

Laura Wasser represented Britney Spears in her divorce from Kevin Federline, but ended up quitting the case. Several accounts say this was because Britney wouldn't listen to her. But now, Jamie and Lynne Spears want her back.

Laura Wasser, Britney Spears' former lawyer, may be retained by Jamie Spears, who hates that Britney's current legal team is so tight with Osama "Sam" Lutfi.

Britney's parents, particularly Jamie (who is still her co-conservator) want to axe Trope and Trope as Britney's legal counsel, in part because they have been chummy with the family's nemesis, Brit's BFF Sam Lutfi.

According to witnesses at UCLA, Britney "lit up" when she saw Wasser. But there's a hitch - Britney can't fight the conservatorship, which gives Jamie control of her estate as she is treated for bipolar disorder.

As of Tuesday, she was fine letting Jamie call the shots, but it looks like that's changed. If Britney accepts the conservatorship and Jamie is at the reins, Laura Wasser could be back in the Britney Spears business.

Meanwhile, Sam Lutfi has not been served with the restraining order sought and obtained by Britney Spears' parents - yet.

If he comes in contact with her, it technically wouldn't violate the order issued against him - since he hasn't officially been given notice.

It's a technicality, yes, but Sam Lutfi could (and likely will) argue that he doesn't know about the thing since he hasn't even seen it.

Shady.

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It's barely daybreak in California, but it's a good bet Jamie Spears will be back in court very soon, asking the Commissioner overseeing Britney Spears' continuing legal struggle to put some weight behind his conservatorship.

In layman's terms, Jamie technically has control of his daughter's estate while she receives treatment. And he's looking for some legal backup.

Britney was released by UCLA Medical Center yesterday after a week. Jamie and Lynne Spears, Britney's divorced parents, issued these remarks:

"As parents of an adult child in the throws (sic) of a mental health crisis, we were extremely disappointed this morning to learn that over the recommendation of her treating psychiatrist, our daughter, Britney Spears, was released from the hospital that could best care for her and keep her safe. We are deeply concerned about our daughter's safety and vulnerability and we believe her life is presently at risk. There are conservatorship orders in place created to protect our daughter that are being blatantly disregarded. We ask only that the court's orders be enforced so that a tragedy may be averted."

TRANSLATION: Per a court order, Jamie Spears may reject visitors and make financial decisions (as well as medical decisions) on Britney Spears' behalf. He believes the legal system is not doing its part in enforcing this authority.

According to TMZ, which cites legal experts, it's common for a conservator to ask for an order requiring police to enforce his/her instructions.

Jamie is quite frustrated, no doubt, that Britney hung out with Filipi Teixeira and rendezvoused with her paparazzi beau within hours of her discharge.

As if nothing ever happened, Britney Spears and Adnan Ghalib met up at her home away from home, the Beverly Hills Hotel, before visiting her lawyer.

In his estimation, Jamie Spears could call the Beverly Hills Police and ask them to remove visitors he deems inappropriate from Britney's presence.

Sam Lutfi, her friend and "manager," is already barred from seeing or contacting Spears in any fashion thanks to a restraining order.

If the court agrees to enforce his authority, you could see cops jump in and tell Britney she can't buy/do anything without Jamie Spears' consent.

That would go over really well. Stay tuned.

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Whether it's from a Los Angeles courtroom or the psych ward of UCLA Medical Center, the bizarre Britney Spears news just keeps on coming.

Britney Spears' dad, Jamie Spears, submitted a court declaration in support of the conservatorship set up on her behalf, stating that they didn't tell Britney about it given her "emotional and psychological condition."

And because of Britney's relationship with Sam Lutfi.

"I believe Britney is not capable of keeping information from Mr. Lutfi," Jamie told the court. "In particular, I believe if she knew I was planning to seek a conservatorship, she would tell Mr. Lufti about it."

When Britney was admitted to the UCLA psych ward after a recent meltdown, a co-conservatorship was established to allow Jamie Spears and his attorney control over her estate and finances, as well as medical decisions.

Sam Lutfi, who had been calling the shots prior to this, was hit with a restraining order, which he has reportedly dodged being formally served with.

Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, and her confidant, Sam Lutfi, continue to duke it out in court - and in the celebrity gossip tabloids.

Yesterday, it was learned that Lynne Spears, Jamie's ex-wife and Brit's mom, made stunning charges against Lutfi in a court declaration seeking a restraining order.

But back to Jamie Spears' declaration for one more point - he made reference to a reported theft at Britney Spears' estate, and says she thinks Sam's in on it.

"Britney told me that there was some property of hers that Sam Lutfi had wrongfully taken," Jamie said of the alleged theft.

"She asked me to help get it back. I told her that I would."

A police report was later filed. The LAPD has not commented.

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So much to report from today's court hearing over control of Britney Spears' finances and medical decisions. Some of the headlines:

  • Jamie Spears is still the co-conservator of Britney Spears' estate, as is Andrew Wallet. Britney's lawyers had sought to remove him.
  • The court Commissioner did not give the conservators the power to fire Trope and Trope, Britney's divorce lawyers, which they sought.
  • The Commissioner said, based on a restraining order, Sam Lutfi can have no contact whatsoever with Britney - including e-mails, phone, etc.
  • The conservatorship has been extended Valentine's Day.
  • Adam Streisand has no legal basis for claiming he's Britney's new lawyer.
  • At some point, there will be a hearing to determine just how mentally competent Britney Spears even is at this time.
  • Michael Sands, a man hired by Mark Vincent Kaplan (K-Fed's lawyer) to field media calls has been subpoenaed - and this is "substantial."

Trope and Trope drafted the subpoena. Expect a fight over whether the info Michael Sands has is protected by the attorney-client privilege.

Today's court proceedings were considered to be a showdown between Jamie Spears and arch-nemesis Sam Lutfi (above), who remains public enemy #1.

Earlier today, a lawyer for the conservators said they had been trying to serve Sam Lutfi with a restraining order prohibiting him from seeing Britney Spears, but he refused to open the door to accept service.

They mentioned that Sam Lutfi has spoken on the phone with Britney Spears, allegedly in violation of the restraining order against him.

Also today, a custody hearing involving Britney Spears, Kevin Federline and their two young sons took place, ending with the status quo prevailing.

There was supposed to be a hearing today on a motion for "visitation in a therapeutic setting" for Spears, but that motion was put off, because the therapeutic setting Britney's in right now is ... a psych ward.

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Britney Spears' seedy manager / friend, Sam Lutfi, says the singer's mental problems stem from her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears.

"Oh boy, her family is crazy!" Lutfi told Us Weekly in an interview.

Jason Trawick and Britney Spears

"It's funny, because that's what the doctors say when they meet the family," he added. "They always come back and say, ‘You know, [her problems] are inherited, right?' It's just so sad. It's shared equally from both of her parents."

When asked if Britney Spears trusts "a thing her parents say," Lutfi replied, "Not a g----n thing."

On Friday, Spears' parents went to L.A. Superior Court to seeking legal control of their daughter's finances and medical treatments.

Their requests were granted as a co-conservatorship was set up in their names, while Sam Lutfi was hit with a restraining order.

Now His Shadiness is speaking out, sharing his take on last week, when Britney's parents rushed to her assistance after her latest meltdown. 

Sam Lutfi is speaking out against Britney Spears' parents. 

When the singer heard Lynne arrived Sunday night, Sam Lutfi said Britney asked him, ‘Is my mom really here?' I said, ‘Yeah, she's here.' And she's like, ‘Oh great, you know they're up to something.'

"They show up to the house like hillbillies, texting me," Lutfi said.

"I find out that they're outside, and they go, ‘You better let me in the gate, you ass.' So I go, to Britney, ‘Your parents are here, let them come in and yell at you and scream at you. If anything else goes on, I'll throw you in my car and take you out of here.' She said, ‘OK, fine, baby.'

"I let them in. Instead of going to see how Britney is, they come bouncing through the doors. They scream at me, ‘Why the f--k are you talking to Barbara Walters?' I swear to God that's all they were saying.

"The dad pushed me in the chest and said, ‘Get the fâ€"k out of here.'

"The dad gave up and then the mom tried to talk to her, but Lynne was like, ‘I gotta get my beauty sleep, I gotta get my nails done, I gotta do my hair.' It was just so sick. We made the mom stay."

Sam Lutfi said the singer suffers from "mixed state bipolar" and has had it for "roughly five years." A person suffering from "mixed state bipolar" experiences symptoms of mania and depression at the same time.

He said he has told the singer, "‘Britney, do you see why people think you are crazy? Look at your mother and look at your father.'"

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A judge has issued a restraining order against Sam Lutfi - ordering him to stay away from Britney Spears, according to TMZ.

The judge found that Sam Lutfi has been harassing Britney. This will effectively bar Lutfi from going to the hospital.

The restraining order is in effect for 22 days, but Britney's parents could turn it into a permanent order at the end of the 22 days.

Britney's father, Jamie Spears, how has temporary legal control over his eldest daughter, and control over her medical treatment.

Jamie Spears may restrict any visitors to Britney, and is also in charge of arranging 24-hour caretakers for her, as well as security.

In addition, Jamie retains the power to cut off all of the singer's credit cards and prosecute any restraining orders on her behalf.

But it's not over yet
.

Sources say Britney's divorce lawyers and the lawyers representing the conservatorship (Jamie and Lynne Spears) may clash Monday.

Until now, Britney's divorce team at the law firm of Trope and Trope has been dealing with Sam Lutfi and believes he is well-meaning.

In large part (and not surprisingly), Jamie and Lynne Spears want this particular law firm out of the picture because of its apparent alliance with Sam Lutfi.

Jamie Spears, the freshly appointed co-conservator for Britney, has made it clear he dislikes the Trope firm and wants them out of her life for good.

Sam Lutfi is livid at the commissioner who issued the various orders today and was in touch with Trope and Trope numerous times yesterday.

Later, Britney Spears made two calls at the UCLA Psych Ward and went crazy on the phone after learning that her dad is now her conservator.

In a heavy British accent, ballistic Britney screamed (in reference to her parents), "I'm so sick of all of this, they can have the goddamn house and stick it up their f**king asses. Actually, no they can't."

A furious Britney Spears, who sounded drugged up, is really, really pissed that her dad became a conservator of her estate. She was screaming at the top of her lungs, at times impossible to understand. At one point she screamed:

"Nobody's taking my house. Who is my family?"

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Jamie and Lynne Spears, parents of Britney Spears, arrived at L.A. Superior Court Friday afternoon, seeking control of their ill daughter.

Specifically, TMZ reports, they are trying to create a conservatorship, which would allow Jamie and Lynne (who have a daughter Jamie Lynn!) to make the medical decisions on behalf of Britney, as well as control her finances.

A hearing is scheduled for this afternoon (1:30 PST), and underscores the tension between the Spears family and Sam Lutfi, the shady character who, right now, is the primary liaison between the singer and her doctors.

Surrounded by lawyers â€" including their attorney Blair Berk â€" Lynne Spears wore a white jacket while Jamie Spears sent some text messages.

No sign of Sam Lutfi at the courtroom. Or Adnan Ghalib, for that matter.

The court has the power to create a conservatorship, which would allow both Jamie and Lynne to make medical decisions on behalf of Britney Spears, and to control Britney's financial affairs. The 'rents have made it clear: they believe Sam Lutfi has placed their daughter and her assets at risk.

That's their side. What about the bad seed himself? Today, in a telephone interview with Us Weekly, Sam Lutfi blasted the Spears' clan.

"Oh boy, her family is crazy!" he said. "It's just so sad."

According to Lutfi, Britney Spears doesn't "trust anything that her family says. Not a g----n thing."

The hearing is set to begin soon. Stay tuned...

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A L.A. County Superior Court judge has signed a "5150," meaning Britney Spears is on a three-day psychiatric hold at the UCLA Medical Center.

There is a "good possibility" it will be extended to 14 days.

There have been several concurrent attempts to get Britney on a 5150. Spears' own lawyers, Anne Kiley and Tara Scott, secured a new psychiatrist for her late last week - and he's the one who triggered the 5150 last night.

At the same time, we're told Britney's mother, father and brother have been "working closely with the LAPD for weeks" to get her psychiatric care.

Contemplative Britney Spears

Meanwhile, a bitter fight is taking place over who is in control as far as making the troubled star's medical decisions.

Insiders say Britney's parents,  Lynne and Jamie Spears, are currently not calling the shots in making medical decisions on behalf of Britney.

Right now, it appears Sam Lutfi is in the driver's seat.

Sources close to the case say that after Britney's stay at Cedars-Sinai January 3, she had her lawyers draft up paperwork making it clear she did not want her parents involved in making any medical decisions on her behalf.

Britney Spears' Daddy

Jamie Spears (above) reportedly went ballistic, screaming and swearing at Sam Lutfi - even pushing him physically - right in front of Britney.

As to what paperwork she signed, if any, that's unclear.

If Britney signed a durable power of attorney, that could give someone power to make medical decisions on her behalf in an emergency.

No such document was reportedly signed, but somehow Britney Spears made it clear she wanted Sam Lutfi - not her folks - to make decisions.

Right now, the doctors at UCLA are working with Osama, not Jamie and Lynne Spears. Lawyers are involved and a judge will have to sort it out.

More to come throughout the day. Follow the jump for more details on how Britney was hospitalized in the early hours of the morning ...

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It has been reported for weeks that Britney Spears' family, friends and some of the professionals in her life have been planning a "creative way" to deal with her mental problems. Finally, it looks like the time has arrived.

If it happens, TMZ reports, it should happen this week.

Last night, Brit's mom, Lynne Spears, her father, Jamie Spears, "cousin" Alli Sims, creepy manager Sam Lutfi and boyfriend Adnan Ghalib all showed up at Britney's house and were all there at the same time.

Britney's mom and dad (among others) have known for months that a bipolar disorder - not substance abuse - is at the root of her mental problems.

They cannot involuntarily commit her (impossible under the circumstances) and Britney has refused to voluntarily enter a hospital or even undergo an evaluation for the problem. But now a new plan is underway.

Britney had not spoken to her mother for a while, but last night, Britney and Lynne Spears (along with Sam Lutfi, background) left her gated compound at one point and went to the drug store, so they are now interacting at least.

An intervention has been in the planning stages for well over a month. It should begin to unfold if Britney Spears cooperates... but that's a big if.

All we can do is wait, watch and hope.

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Long before Adnan Ghalib was shopping nude Britney Spears pics, there was another sketchy terrorist dude in her day-to-day life: Mr. Sam Lutfi.

For months leading up to Britney's recent meltdown, she and Lutfi were inseparable. Well, it turns out Spears' parents, Lynne and Jamie, believe Sam was a prime reason Brit has refused to seek mental help all along.

They were so mad at Sam Lutfi they threw him out of the hospital last week when he arrived to visit Britney, who had been taken there via ambulance.

Britney Spears' parents aren't huge fans of Sam Lutfi. Stunning.

Britney's parents - especially Jamie Spears - have been trying for months to get her committed into a mental hospital for a bipolar disorder.

Britney's father in particular has believed since last summer that Britney was suffering from a mental disease - not substance abuse as many claim.

Jamie believed Sam Lutfi was impeding Brit's ability to get help. He praised her former manager, Larry Rudolph, for trying to get her help earlier in the year. Britney fired Rudolph, of course, before he could succeed.

Jamie Spears has been looking for a way to push her into a facility but she has refused. TMZ reports that Britney continues to refuse to undergo a battery of tests that would officially diagnose her with bipolar disorder.

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