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An unnamed source says the pop star met with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz on Thursday and that she has "made tremendous progress" and "seems to be firmly in control again."
"Judge Goetz needed to meet with Britney and talk to her face-to-face, to see how she was doing," the source says. "It's one thing to read medical reports about her, but the in-person meeting was very important." The source also notes that Spears' court-appointed attorney, as well as her therapist and her father Jamie Spears, were also in attendance.
The next hearing will be held on Oct. 14, when the judge will decide if and when to end the conservatorship. Still, the source says things are looking optimistic for Spears.
While the oft-troubled singer once lost visitation rights with her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, she now shares custody with ex-husband Kevin Federline. "Her boys are simply the most important thing in the world to her," the source says.
Between the Glee appearance and a reported upcoming album (set for release in 2011), the source says Spears realizes how much she has at stake: "No one wants Britney to fall prey to the people that were in her life during the time when her problems overwhelmed her. Britney's inner circle now (including her on-again-off-again boyfriend Jason Trawick) is very close, and trusted."
If the conservatorship were to end, it would come in two parts, and she'd take control of her own finances in the second stage. But, as NBC Los Angeles reports, for the time being Jamie Spears and Britney's attorney Andrew Wallet, who currently serve as "co-conservators of the pop star's estate," will remain in control of her finances.
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