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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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241.

Sand    

The same people on this site who say Thomas Mesereau has no credibility because he is a lawyer, are saying that Ms. Jackson should trust John Branca because he is a LAWYER. Go Figure...

1822 days ago
242.

mjjfan50    

#268. the jackson five and michael created this wealth why wouldn.t a jackson be an executor and trustee this is their name that made this money not just michael without them their would be no michael

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The Jackson Five DID NOT create Michael’s wealth!! Does the Jackson5 hold the title for the best selling album of all time? NO! Michael got his start with his brothers, but by no means did they create his wealth or help him win any grammys.

1822 days ago
243.

tangledweb    

Katherine should trust John Branca because Michael did. That should be the end of it. Also concerning the news reports saying the Jackson family will sue AEG for the wrongful death of Michael...You must be kidding!!! The Jackson family bears much more responsibility to their sons drug addiction and failure to get treatment than these music promoters. If the Jackson family has the right to sue AEG, then Michael Jackson's children have a right to sue the Jackson family for not having the guts and gumption to force Michael to get help - NO MATTER how messy it got..because that was their son and brother! I am sure that something could have been done, it wouldn't have been pretty and in would have been in all the papers. BUT AT LEAST HE MIGHT BE ALIVE.

1822 days ago
244.

mjjfan50    

-If Michael’s family initially claimed he died Intestate, why are they now claiming there MUST be another more up-to-date will?

-Also, where is everyone getting this Janet was very close to Michael and he would have wanted her to take care of his kids? I don’t think Michael’s kids spent much (if any) time with the Jacksons or knew them that well, with the exception of Katherine. I think this is the first time they have spent any quality time with their paternal family. ALL the reports in the tabloids about the kids asking Janet to be their mommy and she reads to them every night sounds like BS to me. I think the family is trying to present a picture that Janet will be the back-up parent since some have concerns because of Katherine’s age. Once the custody is settled, I think Janet will hightail it out of the picture.


Interesting, on CNN and every other news source, it has been reported that Janet and the mom once tried to intervene, but Michael had his security keep them away from even entering his house, yet Tito had this to say to the British press:

"Tito, 55, told the Mirror how he and his other siblings confronted Jacko about his prescription drug habit before he died. told how he and his brothers Jackie and Randy and sisters Janet, Rebbie and La Toya burst into Jackson's Neverland ranch, knowing they "had to act".
He said: "We bust right into the house and he was surprised to see us to say the least. We went into one of his private rooms and had a discussion with him. Some of us were crying.
"We kept asking him if it was true what we had heard that he was using drugs."
Although Jackson denied the rumours to his siblings and never let them see him on drugs, Tito said they were not convinced."


I take everything the Jackson's claim with a grain of salt


1821 days ago
245.

Alan    

I say again that Katherine should be first in line. JUST KEEP JOE OUT OF EVERYTHING. She should have the money and custody of the kids. Again, keep JOE out of everything.

1821 days ago
246.

tellitlikeitis    

Albeit that the original Jackson 5 wrote music, performed, and made money together. But then Michael Jackson FLEW SOLO.

This is not the estate of the Jackson 5....it is the estate earned by only 1 person...and that is Michael Jackson.

Siblings and Ole Joe....he gave your mother the use of 40% of HIS FORTUNE to use during the remainder of her lifetime....BUT THAT's NOT GOOD ENOUGH IS IT YOU VULTURES.

Stop blaming your deceased brother and son for your own financial and career shortcomings. You all had/have the same opportunity to create you own destiny.

1821 days ago
247.

raggmopp28    

I think Joe Jackson looks a lot like Michelle Obama. I think that the Jackson family had NO contact with the 3 children raised by Michael. He banned them from his house and wouldnt even take their phone calls. They knew that those 3 white children were the product of SPERM DONORS and they didnt consider them as their family as they shared no DNA. Now that these 3 created children will come in to so many MILLIONS, the Jackson Family wants to claim these 3 WHITE CHILDREN even tho they may not know who is their mother and who is their father. Blanket's mother has not surfaced. The father of the 3 kids may be the Sperm of Miko Brando, dont those boys look like Marlon Brando and Mikko Brando, MJ's best friend?? I think that the Jackson Family would claim the kids of a MARTIAN OR THE LOCH NESS MONSTER if it meant millions of dollars. They dont want these white kids with unknown parents out of love, but for love of money. These 3 kids deserve to know where they came from, dont we all deserve this??? They will surely look in the mirror and see that they are white and they are being claimed by a group of black people. They will certainly realize at some point that this doesnt make sense. DNA should be taken. Is Debbie Rowe really the mother of the 2 older children or was she just a WOMB FOR RENT and she carried the eggs of an EGG DONOR, such as Brooke Shields, a close friend of MJs. Not hard to believe that the girl, Paris, was created with an egg of Brooke Shields, dont they look alike??? Debbie Rowe needs to give her DNA and prove if she was really their mother or did she just rent out her womb for the eggs of Brooke Shields or some egg donor.

1821 days ago
248.

fanwithdoubts    

314. You can will PROPERTY in your will. You can NOT will your children. Children are not chattel or property. You can make a SUGGESTION as to who you might like to raise your children.
Posted at 12:44AM on Jul 19th 2009 by think like an intelligent person!
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I Agree......

Michael and Debbie Rowes divorce decree states that If Michael is incapacitated for more than 3 weeks Debbie Rowe is to take custody of the children and the divorce decree IS a legal binding contract !!!

You have to wonder how all this ties in together with the lastest of Kathryn fighting the executors of the will??

1821 days ago
249.

LegitCompany    

Its deoressing to read how the Jackson family is behaving after his death. There is absolutely no sense of morality or unity and one begins to wonder what the essence of a true family is!! Shouldn't a family be united? It certainly isn't a simple task but it isn't that difficult either, specially for someone who wants to make that effort for the most precious thing in their life. Michael Jackson did not have the leasure of a united and happy family - do you? Find out here http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200907/1247593061.html

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1821 days ago
250.

Rabs6    

YOU PEOPLE FAIL TO SEE THAT THIS IS HER CHILD THAT HAS BEEN MURDERED, PICTURE THIS! YOUR A MOM OF THE BIGGEST PERFORMER IN THE WORLD HES SURROUNDED BY BLOOD SUCKERS THAT HAVE BEEN YANKING HIS CHAIN ALL HIS LIFE, HE DIED MYSTERIOUSLY, WAS BEING FED DRUGS , AND NOW HERE COME THESE FOOLS CLAIMING TO HAVE A WILL THAT WAS SIGN BACK IN 2002. MIND YOU THE SIGN DOES NOT MATCH HER SONS, AND THE PROVIDER OF SAID WILL WAS ONCE FIRED BY SAME SON AND WAS JUST REHIRED, AND THIS WILL JUST SO HAPPENS TO HAVE A DISCLAIMER STATING THAT IF THE WILL IS CONTESTED THEY LOSE THEIR SHARE. OH YEA!!! AND WHO GETS THAT SHARE. MICHAELS FAMILY IS INTITLED TO SEEK ANSWERS ANY WAY THEY COME. IF IT WAS MY CHILD I'D NEED ANSWERS TO!!!!! SOMETIMES PEOPLE NEED TO STEP BACK TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE, ITS REALLY SAD WHEN YOU HAVE TO HEAR THROUGH OTHERS THAT YOUR CHILD HAS DIED, SURROUNDED BY MANY BUT NO ONES KNOWS ANYTHING YET INTERVIEW AFTER INTERVIEW NOW SURFACE TELL NOW HE HAD BEEN TAKING DRUGS BY THE SAME PEOPLE WHO PREVIOUSLY DENIED KNOWLEDGE. THATS RIGHT MOM ASK QUESTIONS. EASY TO PASS JUDGEMENT WHEN ITS NOT YOUR OWN!!!!

1821 days ago
251.

Lekili    

It seems to me Katherine and Joe Jackson may only be worried about who will foot their bills now that Michael is no longer in the land of the living. Joe is a pimp, nothing more, nothing less. Has he ever held down a job or did he just leech off his kids ?

1820 days ago
252.

Gemma    

Don't forget people, the lawyers will be wanted their paychecks of a lifetime from this.

And they are very proficient in manipulating people to do what they want. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Katherine was perfectly happy with the will until they talked to her.

I just hope the kids are gonna be OK in the long term.

1820 days ago
253.

TragicallyHip    

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

Translation: doing their best to draw up a fake will that will pass inspection....

1820 days ago
254.

TragicallyHip    

PS If Michael Jackon had drawn up a new will since 2002, one original copy would be sitting in the vault of the lawyers that drew it up - not an estate of that size and complexity and therefore if there was another will you can be sure that law firm would have been running to the courthouse to file it and no way MJ did a home will. The man has as many lawyers as doctors and he despised his father so much he would not want to leave any loopholes.. Unless there is any concrete proof that the current executors have done anything contrary to the interests of Michael Jackson, any will that might miraculously appear by the end of the 30 day deadline will be very suspect to me

1820 days ago
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