Britney's 'Lawyer' Off the Case

02/07/2008 at 03:25 PM EST

Britney's 'Lawyer' Off the Case
Spears, shortly after her hospital release
The attorney who claimed he was hired by Britney Spears – and who had argued that the singer opposed her father's supervision of her and her $40-million estate – is no longer attached to the singer, his firm announced in a statement.

In full, the law firm's message issued on Thursday read, "At the request of Britney Spears, Adam Streisand, a Partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, met with her yesterday to discuss her legal rights in connection with the conservatorship over her person and estate.

"Following that meeting, Mr. Streisand learned that the court had issued orders that prevent Ms. Spears from retaining counsel of her own choosing, and on that basis, Mr. Streisand has decided he will not represent her at this time."

Spears, who left a UCLA psychiatric ward on Wednesday, still has court-appointed counsel, attorney Samuel Ingham.

It remains to be seen how long the court will uphold Jamie Spears's power over his daughter. By law, her father was also required to apply for permanent control, which, if granted, could last until Britney is able to prove to the court that she is capable of managing her own affairs.

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