End Up Settlin’ In CourtMarch 7, 2008
TMZ has learned Britney Spears’ conservators are ballistic over the legal bills she is being asked to pay in her custody fight — bills totaling more than a million bucks for a five-month period.
Sources tell us the conservators have filed documents with the court and will appear on Monday, challenging lawyers’ fees in the case. K-Daddy’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, has asked for around $500,000 for the five-month period from October 2007 through February 2008 and has filed papers demanding that Brit pay his bill. The court has ordered Brit to pay K-Fed’s reasonable attorney’s fees.
We’re told Brit’s last law firm, Trope and Trope, has billed her more than $600,000.
Sources say the conservators feel they’re being fleeced and the bills are inflated. In particular, they’re upset that multiple lawyers on Brit’s side have attended various court hearings — they say unnecessarily. The conservators will argue this is a simple custody case and bills of that magnitude are simply outrageous.
Our sources tell us, Stacy Phillips, Brit’s lawyer du jour, took K-Fed’s deposition this past Monday. Phillips grilled Federleze like a cheeseburger, asking him about … his lawyer’s bill! That’s right, Mark Vincent Kaplan is asking for a cool half mil for repping K-Daddy these past five months and he wants Brit to pay. We’re told Phillips will challenge that bill in court on Monday.
We’re also told Phillips deposed MVK (last Tuesday), along with his former publicist, Michael Sands (last Wednesday) about precisely the same issue — the reasonableness of Kaplan’s fee.
We haven’t been able to find out how much Britney will have to pay Phillips, but are you getting the irony?
Here’s what’s really ironic. When disso-queen Laura Wasser left the case, Britney had 50/50 custody. Since then, she lost custody, lost visitation and basically has squat — and it could cost her more than a million bucks in legal fees.