Britney SpearsIt's been over 18 months since a judge made Britney Spears' conservatorship arrangement permanent, ceding legal control of her life to her father Jamie and lawyer Andrew Wallet. The singer went gentle into that good night, allowing her new guardians full control over all her estate and financial issues as well as any current and future legal affairs. Spears did not appear in court Thursday morning for a conservatorship hearing in Los Angeles, but Radar Online reports that the conservatorship would most likely continue for at least another three months.

"It seems highly unlikely that the conservatorship will end by the end of summer," a source told "Britney's just not ready, yet. Britney has complex issues ... on a personal and professional level and that is the reason the conservatorship is still in place." As Radar points out, LA Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz is the only one who can decide when the conservatorship is over, subsequently giving Spears back control of her finances (and life).

The hearing is the latest in a drama-filled year for Spears, who balanced the off-court brouhahas with a busy 2009 that saw the singer spend six months on a world tour in support of her 2008 album 'Circus.' To keep you caught up, we've compiled a handy guide to Spears' off-the-field activities, including restraining orders, rumors, denied rumors and, oh yeah, music.