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Brit to Lawyers: Dang, Stop Dinging Me With Fees

3/7/2008 1:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney SpearsTMZ 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.

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Cp3o    

Thanks for the interesting news

2209 days ago
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sheesh    

That is F'n ridiculous. They are just stealing from her because they think they can get away with it.

2235 days ago
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just wondering    

..finally, Pa Spears is going to challenge the gravy train express!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2235 days ago
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Ali    

GO BRIT! i love you!!

2235 days ago
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Babbs    

Excellent

2235 days ago
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Steve    

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2235 days ago
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Rico    

Wow, a lawyer charging an inflated price? Who would of thunk it? It is time for some serious lawyer reform, of course what judge (all former lawyers) would limit the amount a lawyer can charge?

2235 days ago
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dvsqt    



how can you put a price on that kind of stress and continuous damage control??

whew!! won't this go away already??

harv, i like your new sign-off!

2235 days ago
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Dick Weed    

Whore

2235 days ago
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Sharona    

That's all this girl is to these low lifes.....a money machine. She has been raped by all of them.

2235 days ago
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Cara    

She is the reason for the numerous appearances in court so yes she should have to pay Kaplan's bill. No I don't think that almost $600,000 is fair from Trope and Trope though. They did absolutely nothing for her. The party who is causing the legal difficulties is typically stuck with the bill and in this case it's her and her behavior so making her cover the bill should resolve the issues. Though I'm curious when she's not allowed to legally care for herself how she can possibly hope to get any form of custody of her children.

2235 days ago
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patsy ramsey    

THOSE LAWYERS ARE LEECHES, NONE OF THEM CARE ABOUT BRITNEY OR HER KIDS, THEY WILL MAKE MILLIONS THE LONGER THIS LASTS. AND ITS ALL KFEDS FAULT BECAUSE HE WONT LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE. ITS SICKENING THAT BRITNEY CANT BE WITH HER KIDS BECAUSE OF KFED.

2235 days ago
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emme    

I hardly think this can be called a "simple custody case".

2235 days ago
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Star    

If she wouldnt have blown off court so many times the bill would be left Stop whining.

IT IS NOT KFEDS FAULT idiots Its her fault He is taking care of the kids she woudlnt even show for court. BLAME BRITNEY NOT K FED

2235 days ago
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sillyme    

I'm on Team KFed, but I don't understand why Brit should be paying legal bills for Kevin's attorney. While he didn't get a great divorce settlement (not like JLo's ex, who got $15M), didn't he get about $6M from the sale of their house, not to mention the income he's made from his various acting and other gigs. He should be able to pay at least part of the bill. Legal fees of half a million dollars for Kevin's lawyer and more than that for hers, that seems a bit ridiculous, though. It's not like they're working on this case full time.

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