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Britney Spears -- The Road to Freedom

12/7/2009 10:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney SpearsBritney Spears' team has taken the first step toward ending the conservatorship, TMZ has learned ... but it's by no means a done deal.

Sources tell us lawyers and others connected with the case have been meeting ... evaluating Britney's progress with the goal of ending the conservatorship. As we first reported, Britney's dad, Jamie Spears, wanted to wait until her tour ended before making the big move, but it's something he wants for his daughter only when the time is right.

We know there have been several lengthy meetings recently between the lawyers and the court commissioner in the commissioner's chambers.

Jamie and the lawyers will not make the decision to end the conservatorship. They will weigh in, but the person with all the influence is the "capacity expert" -- a psychiatrist who was appointed by the court. The capacity expert will do a thorough evaluation and submit it to the commissioner.

We're told one of the fears Jamie has ... Sam Lutfi, a guy Jamie thinks is still a threat to Britney if she allows him back in her life. He's got that right.

There are actually two conservatorships -- one over Britney, the person, and the other over Britney's business affairs. We're told the business conservatorship will likely continue. The issue on the table is whether to end the conservatorship over Britney, the person. Again, no decisions have been made, but it's all moving in that direction.

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The Running Back    

When Britney's conservatorship ends The Universe is in danger of collapsing, shriveling to a cinder and spinning off into the abyss. To the inhabitants of planet earth; Try prepair for this catastrophic event. You must evacuate all of Hollywood and Los Angelas.

1780 days ago
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TJ    

Don't do it! From what I've seen, Brit still looks pretty flakey and needs guidance and support. Too bad she had such a disfunctional childhood that she now can't handle adulthood. Props to her dad for stepping up. Where is mom in all this???

1780 days ago
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for now    

Let's hope she's ready. She needs our prayers and support.
Her mom and dad are both there for her.

1780 days ago
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fernando    

I love her...i was kinda bummed though they didnt carry chrome soda at her concert!

1780 days ago
20.

me    

Wow..almost 30 years old and not in control of your own money. I'm quite sure daddy spears and family will NEVER let her be in control of the money. In order to have her life with money, she would have to marry an OLD rich man like Anna Nicole. Then, when he died, she would have her own money. But I have to agree with the post that said she should leave the country. The only way dad wouldn't get any of that would be to have it in another country.

1780 days ago
21.

Tony B    

★ ★ ★ THANK YOU TMZ for being nice to Britney.

You guys are awesome.

Please keep up the good work! ★ ★ ★

1780 days ago
22.

dario    

let her be free, we'll all see what happens, if she goes back to her 2007 days, the courts are there for her dad, they can have her under control again, but wit all this, she probably realized that she definetly needs to change, and she will by not allowing bad influences tell her what to do, shes 28 years old, and ready to take control of her life and kids once again... and to show everyone even Faterline that shes still big n strong and mostly successful!!! go bri brit

1780 days ago
23.

Anthony    

you forgot rider roller BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

1780 days ago
24.

me    

Hope she'll be able to deal with aging and the fact that she's not as popular anymore.

1780 days ago
25.

CLMEnterprises    

Do you want to have a lifestyle like Britney without the pitfalls of fame?
Do you want to be able to afford shop like Britney?

Are you searhcing for the oppotunity follow her footsteps and build your own empire just like celebrities do using the internet?

Or maybe you just need extra money for studio time?

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Build your own glamourous life...I have.

1779 days ago
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KIM    

BRITN EY NEEDS TO KEEP HER DAD IN HER LIFE! I THINK SHE WILL CRASH AND BURN

1779 days ago
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