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This time, an ambulance won't be required to move Britney Spears from her Beverly Hills-area home.
The "Toxic" warbler is aiming to sell her home in the gated Summit community—ground zero of her January meltdown—and has quietly begun showing it to prospective buyers, E! News has learned.
Earlier today, a Los Angeles court commissioner OK'd a request from Spears' conservatorship asking for permission to put the property on the market.
The court approval comes days after Spears was spotted looking at a $5.6 million, 7,300-square-foot house (above) in the L.A. suburb of Encino, closer to the home base of ex-husband Kevin Federline and the ex-couple's sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
Spears bought her current residence in December 2007 for $6.7 million, according to the tax assessor.The Mediterranean-style villa measures 7,400 square-feet and has five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, as well as a library, media room and maid’s quarters. A second floor balcony overlooks a huge open living room and kitchen with an adjacent screening room. There is also a pool and hot tub in the backyard.
Spears has not exactly endeared herself to fellow denizens of the community, who have complained about the constant presence of paparazzi outside the gates. Some reports have blamed Spears as the reason neighbor Ed McMahon has not received a single offer on his $6.5 million house that's facing foreclosure.
This morning at the end of Spears' probate hearing, attorneys representing Spears' conservatorship submitted to Court Commissioner Reva Goetz a sealed ex-parte motion to go forward with the sale.
Otherwise, the status hearing in Spears' conservatorship case maintained the status quo.
While Spears herself was not present, attorneys for both her and father Jamie Spears appeared before Goetz to deal with matters related to the conservatorship.
After a two-hour closed-door meeting, Goetz stuck with a July 31 court date, when it will be decided if Spears remains in need of a conservator.
Jamie Spears has been serving as coconservator of his daughter's estate since Jan. 31.
Should both sides fail to agree to extend his reign by the next hearing, then Goetz is expected to set a trial, which will determine whether the singer should be placed under the permanent care of a conservator.
Goetz ordered Spears' counsel, Samuel Ingham, to confer with the singer to decide whether she would agree to waive her right to a jury trial.
"My client is going to be out of town until next Monday," Ingham told the court, without divulging Spears' whereabouts. He then informed the commissioner he needed more time to meet up with his client and discuss their options.
Goetz also set a time schedule for attorneys to prepare financial and psychological information on Spears.
(Originally published June 17, 2008 at 1:41 p.m. PT.)
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