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Jackson's Mom Keeps Option Open to Contest Will

7/17/2009 9:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother Katherine filed legal papers setting the stage for a fight over the singer's estate.

Katherine's lawyers are not willing to accept that the will presented by Michael's lawyer, John Branca, is valid. In the papers, Katherine's lawyer writes about the "purported will" Branca filed.

Katherine's lawyers note that the 2002 will has a "no contest" clause, meaning anyone who mounts a legal fight over the will gets nothing.

Katherine's lawyers want a judge to decide if that clause would apply if she fights the appointment of the executors under the will.

Katherine's lawyers are hedging their bets, saying they are "continuing to collect and review relevant information."

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JANE DOE    


SO MESSY!

R I P M J !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1735 days ago
2.

MY offer is    

NOT SO FAST

1735 days ago
3.

Carrie    

Shame on Mama Jackson for not accepting the executors Michael chose. The Jacksons are no better than Debbie Rowe.

1735 days ago
4.

barb    

Oh geez!

1735 days ago
5.

MY offer is    

MY NAME IS PRINCE,,SO I AM OUT GRAND MA

1735 days ago
6.

loft    

Here we go why all the legal grandstanding crap? MJ looks to have been very specific about his wishes...

1735 days ago
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welc ome    

Just the mere fact that she has filed papers to see if that would apply- should be enough to cut her out. Greedy. It is best with the lawyers so they can put the intersest of the Estate at hand , which I am sure pay's them too. But someone needs to turn this mess around.
That old lady is quick to court these days.

1735 days ago
8.

Fools Rush In    

TMZ will stay busy, likely this is going to go on for years.

1735 days ago
9.

chicken head    

love it!!!!!!!!!!!
good job MJ-- you were mess alive and now your store bought kids will be a mess--

1735 days ago
10.

omfg    

So sick of this

1735 days ago
11.

MindTerrorist    

WHO GIVES A RATS ASS!!!!!

1735 days ago
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welc ome    

Probably the Lawyers told the Jackson clan to return the items they stole in those u-haul moving trucks before MJ was even cold. That would mean complete control over the childrens trust funds- omg say it isn't so

1735 days ago
13.

snoops    

#10 and others w/ similar comments: then GO AWAY!!

1735 days ago
14.

MindTerrorist    

WHO GIVES A RATS ASS!!!!!

1735 days ago
15.

SillySallySays........    

What exactly is her problem? Was her son's wishes not good enough for her? Not enough money to keep her, her husband, and the rest of her children financially set for life? Is she pissed off because the kids got the same amount she did?

For Pete's sake, get on with it and let her son rest in peace and let the kids find some kind of normalcy by letting Janet raise them instead of this woman who is too old to be taking care of them right now. I know Michael wanted her to raise them if anything happened to him, but he clearly didn't think this through. What happens if she dies in a year or two? Then what? Where do the kids go from there, off to Grandpa Joe's house for training for the Jackson 3? Seriously........

1735 days ago
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