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Michael Jackson's Mom Fears Looting

6/29/2009 8:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonThe lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother filed documents in court today, sounding the alarm that people up to no good will try and fleece Michael's estate. The court had apparently had enough concern to make Katherine the administrator of the estate pending a hearing next Monday.

Katherine's attorney, Burt Levitch, claims there are numerous bank accounts of Michael's that are being controlled by third parties. He says the bank accounts are used "to pay expenses of [Michael's] parents' home." Levitch says these bank accounts need to be controlled so third parties don't misspend the money.

Levitch also says there is worry about Michael's stake in the Sony-ATV Music Publishing Catalog -- which includes Beatles' works -- that Levitch says is the most important asset in the estate. Levitch says no one is now representing Michael's interests and he wants Katherine to step in her late son's shoes.

Levitch says at least one person is claiming to have a power of attorney to act on Michael's behalf. Although a power of attorney would have ended when Michael died, Levitch worries that not everyone knows that and assets could be misappropriated.

And the family is questioning whether a will really exists, because no one has informed them of that fact. We're told attorney John Branca, who was re-hired by Michael three weeks ago, is in possession of a will.

Katherine has the right under the order "to control tangible personal property currently in the physical possession of a third party, and to marshall and secure such assets."

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31.

mellow    

Interesting since that linked article previously had the ex nanny stating she had an account that he was putting money in and she was giving the atm card to the jackson family...wonder if there is any truth to that.

It would be legitimate filing IF he did not have a will otherwise the state takes it over (and we see what a spiffy job they are doing). If the will claim is real that guy better file it tomorrow and not wait the 30 days or the Jacksons will set all MJ wishes to spinning.

Imagine all the back door dealings going on with all of his assets right now, how much money is worth making a mistake that will cost your job in the music industry and who has that kind of money....

1908 days ago
32.

TEAMBRANCA    

KATHERINE IS OBVIOUSLY SHADY LIKE HER HUSBAND SHE IS COMPLETELY CONTROLLED BY HIM
LET HIM BEAT HER CHILDREN (AND LIKELY HERSELF) AND TURNED A BLIND EYE AWFUL

MICHAEL WOULD HAVE NEVER WANTED HIS FATHER IN THE SAME HOUSE AS HIS KIDS

JOE IS USING KATHERINE AS A PROXY TO GET HIS GREEDY HANDS ON THE ESTATE AND CHILDREN

JANET BE STRONG... I KNOW YOU ARE GRIEVEING (UNLIKE YOUR DAD)
MAKE CERTAIN THE KIDS ARE AWAY FROM HIM

1908 days ago
33.

me    

it seems like all of hollywood has gone missing....no reports other than MJ. come on TMZ, just give us a link to all things MJ and report on other trashy gossip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1908 days ago
34.

Honey    

Can someone explain why everything is being done in Katherine's name. Why aren't the legal matters being done jointly by both his parents? Why is Joe's name absent?

1908 days ago
35.

sara    

I'm afraid the ones that are up to no good and trying to fleece Michael's estate are Michael's own family.

SeaBird, Michael's problems had nothing to do with race and everything to do with allegations of child molestation and weird behavior. An all white jury found him not guilty. He did himself no favors when he said in an interview that it was fine for him to share his bed with young kids who weren't his own kids. So don't go off calling all of us racists, if anything Michael seemed to be the one who had a problem with being black since he ended up being whiter than most white people.

1908 days ago
36.

LittleE    

i hope he left everything to his siblings and kids.. his parents deserve nothing.

1908 days ago
37.

Trooper Tom    

She just a front, Joe is behind this she probably couldn't manage a Pizza Parlor forget about a complicated estate like Michaels

1908 days ago
38.

mellow    

AND
If the will exists the courts need to appoint a legel rep for the kids, they can stay w the appointed guardian but someone needs to look out for the interest of the children. It is their inheritance Joe will deal away on them.

1908 days ago
39.

Andolini    

God Bless Katherine....Even though, she may be Michaels's choice to raise his kids...she has already raised 9..and she's old..living with a an Adulter and money grubbing man named Joe...Those kids should go to Janet... she is so much like michael..and will do what he wanted out of LOVE not money....Katherine does what Joe says and he's looking at what is left as THINGS he can use to to live off of...what a disgrace...I want to know...who is PAYING for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to travel and act like family counsels...SOMEONE pays their fees..they don't do this out of the goodness of their hearts...Joe Jackson is a shyister,child abuser wife cheater...WHO din't kmow Janet was to speak at the BET awards...all he wanted to do was promote his NEW record recording label..with other has beens 70 year old men..I wonder...Are they living off their son's death????- Bastards

1908 days ago
40.

sickofKate    

You would think that at their ages, they could pay their own damn bills. No wonder he was in debt! Losers!!!

1908 days ago
41.

TEAMBRANCA    

I HOPE MICHAEL SCREWED HIS DIGUSTING LEECH OF A DAD

NO WAY HE WANTED THEM INVOLVED

AGREE KATHERINE IS TO OLD ...THE KIDS NEED A YOUNGER GUARDIAN

1908 days ago
42.

Very Proud    

WHO DO YOU THINK CONTROLS KATHERINE?????? JOE JACKSON....

They ha her file for all of this using sympathy so they can get control of everything.

Levitch claims there are numerous bank accounts of Michael's that are being controlled by third parties. He says the bank accounts are used "to pay expenses of [Michael's] parents' home." Levitch says these bank accounts need to be controlled so third parties don't misspend the money.


Yes... Joe wants conrol of that money Michael wouldn't let him get to when he moved out of that house.

They keep saying it would be what Michael wanted. BULL CRAPP!!!!!

Janet in my opinion seems o be more responsible and able to handle his estate.

And another thing. I don't know that an 80 year old couple are capable of taking care of thre young children and hold their best interest at heart.

Did you hear what Joe Jasckson said..... "Teach them what they should be taught"

Yup!! You are going to do what I tell you or else I'll use a switch or a belt on you until you do....

Didn't I hear reports that the children spoke like three languages???? What can Joe and Katherine Jackson offer those kids? They just want the money. They seem to have absolutely NO Remorse for the loss of their son......

1908 days ago
43.

masha    

they're scared because they've been living off michael for 40 years and they have no other sources of income. theyve been sitting pretty all these years and their lifestyle might just change. those kids are katherine's assurance that she'll be able to sustain the lifetsyle (of the lazy) to which she has been accustomed to.

1908 days ago
44.

Jstbtrflyz    

#18. While there are some racial comments being made here, this issue is NOT about race and I personally wish that those that are spewing/playing the race card would just stop. This is about an entertainer we are never going to see the likes of again. A man so desperate for the love and affection of his family that when he didn't get it, he spiraled out of control And to those that don't believe Michael was taking pain killers or addicted to them, please, don't be so naive.

I think that Katharine may be one of only a couple of people Michael may have named in his will to care for his children. Michael loved his mother dearly. Dearly! I also think, with no concrete proof of course, that Michael spent years trying to get his father's respect, love, 'approval' and just never got it. I'm just disgusted that the lawyer actually let it be known that they need control so that her home bills can still be paid. Disgraceful.

As far as the brothers and sisters stepping up. Who can? Joe, Jesse and Al are in control over there in Encino. They aren't all leeches in the Jackson family. Janet has made several millions herself and Randy has plenty of money too. He gets paid handsomely for American Idol, has his own show (America's Next Best Dance Crew) and produces. No, Janet and Randy don't need Michael's money.

1908 days ago
45.

mellow    

39. Can someone explain why everything is being done in Katherine's name. Why aren't the legal matters being done jointly by both his parents? Why is Joe's name absent?Posted at 7:26PM on Jun 29th 2009 by Lori

I believe it is reported they are separated, she has a better advisor/lawyer, he might have a past that would preclude him from being named if a challenge arrives.

I have yet to see another Jackson stand by his side when he is trying to promote his new record label/company...speaks volumes me thinks.

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