Britney Spears’ conservator pick Jason Rubin was once denied guardianship of his own mother
Past information about Britney Spears’ pick as her conservator replacement, Jason Rubin, has resurfaced. He had once requested a court to make him the conservator of his mother, Ida Rubin, but his demand was refused. Page Six reported that Jason Rubin filed the petition in early 2020 requesting guardianship over both Ida’s estate and her person, alleging that she “suffered from paranoid schizophrenia”.
The forensics accounting expert also alleged that his mother’s “mental health was declining”. To make his case stronger, he gave the court call logs from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and incident reports from the security team at Ida’s house that apparently showed her in a bad light. Rubin also presented a report made by Dr Gregory P. Brown, which stated that the events the doctor reviewed “strongly suggest the presence of psychosis [a substantial break in the perception of consensual reality].” Brown’s report added that Ida’s “delusional beliefs … placed her at risk of harm [either to self or others].”
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But Ida as well as her other son, Mark Rubin, opposed the petition as the woman told the court she was “competent enough to handle [her] own medical and financial affairs”. After over a year of litigation, a judge turned down Jason’s request. Official records showed that it was discovered by the court that Brown’s certificate was not based on the physical evaluation of Ida. The report was made on the basis of LVMPD’s call logs and email correspondence with security team of Ida.
The court papers stated, “Further, although Dr Brown expressed concern that Ida’s mental illness may cause her to be a danger to herself or others, he provided no facts and the record does not support that Ida’s safety is in jeopardy. In fact, the police call logs state that Ida is ‘ok but delusional’ and that she is ‘able to care for [her] self and [that her] house was clean.'” Besides, the district court added that Jason was eligible to “refile the petition if he was able to obtain a physician’s certificate.”
While Mark’s attorney, Jason Aivaz, has said that even if it’s proved Ida’s mental health is not good, his client is “ideally, at least [in] Ida’s preference, to step in and take her place” because he’s the “nominated agent under Ida’s power” of attorney.
In July this year, Britney’s attorneys picked Jason to be made the singer’s conservator of her estate, which includes $2.7 million in liquid assets and $56.3 million in investments and real estate. If the co-founder of Certified Strategies, Inc is given the authorization, he would get, “the power and authorization to pursue opportunities related to professional commitments and activities including but not limited to performing, recording, videos, tours, TV shows, and other similar activities as long as they are approved by the conservator of the person, the conservatee's medical team.”
Meanwhile, after claims against Jason came to light, his attorney, Justin Gold, defended him saying: “Jason Rubin is a highly-esteemed, court-approved licensed fiduciary, forensic accountant, and CPA with an extremely strong professional track record. It is unfortunate that based upon numerous incidents, reflected in many police reports and home owner’s association reports and the email below, [and] after very careful consideration and consulting with physicians who believed she had ‘psychotic’ issues that were also consistent with schizophrenia, as well as an involuntary psychiatric hold in 2014, Jason felt he had no choice but to seek a guardianship for his mother, for her protection and that of others.”
“This in no way whatsoever reflects on Mr. Rubin’s ability to properly manage and protect an individual’s assets, based upon his strong track record; it simply reflects that his elderly mother was having very serious health issues and he was trying to take legal steps to protect her,” Gold added.