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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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46.

Thank you for the Joy Mr. J    

"26. Maybe Katherine knows something we don't know. She never struck me as a money hungry person. I doubt Joe Jackson could talk her into looking like a greedy idiot in front of the whole world in open court. People need to keep an open mind, and quit being so quick to judge. She may be contesting the will because Branca was only re-established EIGHT DAYS BEFORE MICHAEL JACKSON DIED. Doesn't anyone else find that strange? Coincidence? I bet Katherine doesn't think it is.

Posted at 9:12PM on Jul 17th 2009 by I call shotgun "

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They ( Jackson Family Lawyers ) are contesting the named executors of the will. Executors charge fees. In this case millions.
Branca was re hired as the LAWYER. He has been the named EXECUTOR since 2002. An executor can be removed for misconduct. This Branca guy is a smart lawyer.
And another thing, all of MJ's money is tied up in the Estate. There are creditors. Before any disbursements can be made the creditors have to be satisfied. Outstanding lawsuits have to be settled. The IRS ! remember them ? have to be paid. The beneficiaries get whatever is left over. Katherine is 79, Joe is 80. They will never see a cent in this life from this. The kids, they might be able to get some funds for support of the children, but just for normal expenses.
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I am a fan of MJ's music, but all of the revelations about him and his life are making me hate him and everything he represents. Drug abuse to the extreme, buying children ! ! . I don't give a rats azz how much he gave to charity, He had a gift and he wasted it. ( ps the charity gifts are tax deductuble and they don't erase what an azz clown he was.

1869 days ago
47.

to little    

The Jackson Family want's it all greedy greedy... Whats wrong with what he left you in the will Katherine? Is the fact that you can not have control and or take it all really that important?

What Michael has left his mother will take care of her for life along with who ever she has in her will. Sounds like to me lawyers and those in the Jackson family want control of it all. They have been after Michael's Money for years and they would leave those kids broke if they had the chance too.

1869 days ago
48.

jackschitt    

The greedy old biatch will die from a heart attack before this is settled.

1869 days ago
49.

Think about it... You be the Judge...    

Are you guys ready for the latest:

lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts.../jacksons-trust-contains-no-contest-clause.html

Cut and Paste... Very Interesting

1869 days ago
50.

photos?    


this mess would be funny if it wasn't for these precious kids.
Please someone step in.

Debra, fight for the kids. If you aren't great mother material hire the nanny back to stay until the are 18. You have legal but Grace gets to stay on.
Do something!

Katherine is no saint and she is under the charge of Joe. She is greedy too but I just bet he and his crooked friends are in the drivers seat.

This is the kids future we are talking about. I hope she (Debbie) does not want to have to look back and think I could have done something when all their money is gone and they are in rehab.

Debbie and Michael were friends. She did what he wanted. You can't look at this mess an not give any blame to Michael. He shut her out and if you say she sold her kids(she didn't ) you have to say he bought kids.
Has anyone seen the OK Magazine photos that have Deb and the kids too? I don't believe she never cared for them. I think the agreement was he gets full custody.
She can be a bit rough around the edges but she isn't cold. If she was she would have been talking about them all on talk shows this whole time. She could have made much more then her original agreement selling them out if that was her goal.

I hope the Jackson's make just enough stupid moves like this to make Debbie and others rethink this. They can't end up there.

1869 days ago
51.

photos?    


TO BEBEFI

I hope it does affect her health and she and Joe both are unable to do anything. Then the kids and the money would be safe.That would be the best outcome.

1869 days ago
52.

Maryl    

If MJ wanted his mom to be executor he would have noted it within the will as he did to make her a guardian of his children and leaving her 40 percent of his trust. He left people he has worked with for a long time in charge and have business experience to maintain his multi-million dollar business/fortune.

It has nothing to do with her religion, nor with the fact that she is family; it is strictly business.

Maybe the executors should allow her to be aware of things that they do in the case of the estate (since they have to tell the judges anyway before they can do anything) just so she is aware of the things going on. I am sorry for Katherine as she is really pushing it by trying to "work around" the No Contest Clause. Being that it is within the will and she could lose what she has been given before anything has started-and realistically, she may pass before she gets her way (cases like these can drag one forever and can be re-appealed over and over).

Hell these executors had to put up a deposit of 1 million dollars a piece as assurance to control MJ's estate, there is no real reason stated other than the fact that she is MJ's mom that she wants to be an executor of the estate; she is already going to benefit from it-the executors are just managing it (as Katherine has never handled that type of responsibility before).

Hopefully a sound decision on this matter will come through where everyone will be satisfied and it doesn't drag on forever.

1869 days ago
53.

mspriceisright    

As long as the leaches and low lifes keep dragging this will to court it will never be settled. I doubt his children will see an end to this in their life-times and will therefore not see the money they are entitled to....this will never end.

1869 days ago
54.

what    

Shot gun This has been Michael Lawyer for many years.The first Will/trust Michael set up in 1996 had the exact same excutors. Michael trusted these men they have done business together for many years. Joe and Katherine just want complete control of the estate its called greed. If Katherine dies the 40 percent goes back to Michaels children. I know this is burning Joe up inside., after all his beating you would think Michael would have had more respect for his rotten Father. I know that Katheirne is senile and can not think straight and the FAmily could and does manipulate her. Janet is an entertainer and can not give the children the FAmily stability they need. She has been divorced twice not to good with relationships either. That whole family is just screwy. The Boys are going to sing in Jamica try an pretend they have talent. I am sure they will be paid handsomely. But where is Michael. He is not even buried yet they have him hiddened.

1869 days ago
55.

MJFAN    

She is NOT contesting. She is asking IF she contests the executors, NOT THE bequests, will the contest clause apply (it applies to bequests, not to anything else, in many states). She isn't complaining about the money!

Second, to the person who asked whether it could be thrown out if he was under the influence, the answer is no. The will is a self-authenticated will, which means he was saying he was of sound mind, and the witnesses signing agree to that, so there is never an opportunity for them to be called later if there is a contest later.

If she wants to contest anything in the will by saying there is a later one (because he supposedly did a new will every 5 years so there should be one from 2007), she needs to come up with proof. Otherwise, she's going to be stuck.

It doesn't matter if he was re-established as his lawyer 8 days before. He's been in place to be the executor since 2002.

1869 days ago
56.

cosmo in texas    

My Mother, who recently passed, had the same clause in her will, here in Texas it is valid. Anyone named in the will who contested thru the courts any part of her will would only receive 1 dollar. Mama Jackson seems to be only seeing $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ signs. Well if she feels the management of MJ's money, which he chose can be changed what can't the guardianship of his children be changed.

1869 days ago
57.

veronica    

This is so sad. The kids would be better off with Janet. If Katherine gets the kids, what happens when she passes? She is in her 80's right? Also, have they buried MJ yet?
This is awful...

1869 days ago
58.

Think about it... You be the Judge...    

Katherine recently went to court over the estate and here's some information on what the judge stated:

www.rollingstone.com/.../court-gives-control-of-michael-jacksons-assets-to-co-executors/

Cut and Paste.

1869 days ago
59.

welc ome    

Those Jackson's probably have now sifted through copies of MJ'S things that they stole right after he died. They got a little taste of the money they stole and the jewelery they took. They are reading all his copies of his legal papers . There has to be more gained here than we know. Like who is get paid for all these MJ clips going on all over.
All those recorded songs- $$$$ no doubt she would like control. If she even brings this up in court , I hope it makes the judge mad enough to rule her out. And Judges do not like BS in thier court rooms. so her attorney just may cut her throat over this.

1869 days ago
60.

imjustnoisy    

IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE COPY OF THE WILL YOU WILL SEE THAT THE INITALS DOES NOT MATCH MICHAEL'S SIGNATURE MMJ. I CAUGHT THAT THE MINUTE I SAW IT AND HAD HOPED SOMEONE WOULD TAKE NOTICE OF IT.STRANGE IT TOOK OVER A WEEK FOR THEM TO COME UP WITH IT AND THEN IT HAD THINGS IT LIKE M.J. WANTED TO JUST GIVE BACK THOSE LIBRARIES TO PAUL MCCARTHY BECAUSE HE NO LONGER WANTED TO BE AT ODDS WITH HIM.THAT'S B.S. AS WHY WOULDN'T HE DO IT WHILE HE WAS ALIVE AND PRESENT THEM HIMSELF.I DON'T BELEIVE WHAT THEY HAVE IN MIND AND NEITHER SHOULD HIS MOTHER.

1869 days ago
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