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COURT: SPEARS' FATHER IS STILL IN CHARGE

His and her lawyer's roles as conservators are extended through Feb. 14. A doctor will evaluate her competence.

A court commissioner Monday extended the temporary conservatorship of Britney Spears to her father and an attorney until Feb. 14 and appointed a physician to evaluate her competence to make decisions.

The hearing came three days after her father, James Spears, and her attorney, Andrew Wallet, were granted temporary conservatorship by Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz, who ruled that Spears needed someone to take over her personal and financial affairs.

Goetz extended that ruling Monday after a hearing in which a lawyer who claimed Spears hired him over the weekend said that she told him that her father shouldn't be named the conservator of her and her estate.

"She has expressed to me very strongly that her father not be the conservator," attorney Adam Streisand said. "There has been an estrangement for quite some time. With him as conservator, that is causing her more agitation and more distress."

Streisand, who says he is a cousin of Barbra Streisand's, said Spears' estate has assets totaling $40-million and is being audited by the IRS. He said Spears authorized him to nominate Northern Trust Bank as her conservator.

Despite Streisand's pleas, Goetz denied his request to represent Spears. Goetz also ordered Spears to have no contact with her friend and sometime-manager Sam Lutfi, specifying that she can't reach him by phone, text message or by any other means. Goetz also extended a restraining order against Lutfi.

A court-appointed attorney also weighed in on the Spears case. Samuel Ingham said he interviewed Spears on Sunday at UCLA Medical Center and determined that she didn't understand the court proceedings and that "she lacks the capacity to retain counsel."

Streisand argued that Spears hadn't been given any notice of Ingham's plan to interview her and Ingham appeared at the hospital unannounced.

Vivian Thoreen, attorney for Spears' father, said her client should continue to be conservator because "his daughter is in great distress."

"He's not here to take over her assets," Thoreen said. "He's here to get her medical help. He's here to take over while she's healing."

Spears was originally to be released Sunday after a 72-hour mental evaluation. But doctors and a ward medical officer cited California law to keep her for two weeks. The law allows patients to be kept for treatment if they are found to be gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others.

This report contains information from People.com and TMZ.com.

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