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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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23390f74    

#65 you nailed it exactly. ANY lawyer would know if you have a no-contest clause and attempt to remove the executor that you will end up with zero. The only way an executor can be removed is to prove he/her has breached their duties. Obviously Katherine is not an intelligent person and whoever is advising her is plain stupid. This is just a way for her lawyers to make more money for themself. It doesn't make any difference at all if and when Branca started working for MJ again. That is MJ's responsibility to change his Will. The court allows 30 days for all Wills to be filed once a case has entered probate. LaToya needs to read lawbooks before opening her mouth.

Thank God the court monitors every dollar spent by everyone involved up and until the year the probate case closes. If Katherine were to obtain custody and start spending the kids support checks on anything other than the kids, then she will lose custody and the kids will be yanked out of her home.

Katherine and her stupid lawyers are sure making custody easier for Debbie Rowe. I hope Debbie gets them. By the way, Debbie, Katherine cannot phone a judge and discuss whats happening. They have to go through their lawyers. The lawyers are their communication. Debbie and Katherine don't talk directly to each other.

I wonder if Katherine's attorneys will ever get paid?

1891 days ago
92.

Leech    

Who is paying for Katherine's lawyers? I suspect the estate is going to be billed for this nonsense, thus Katherine has nothing to lose.

1891 days ago
93.

TEAMBRANCA    

WHO CARES IF MICHAEL REESTABLISHED BRANCA AS HIS LAWYER 3 WEEKS BEFORE PASSING

BRANCA HAD THE VALID WILL AND IS ONE OF THE EXECUTORS. THE FIRST STATEMENT IS IRRELEVANT.

HE WAS NOT UNDER THE INFLUENCE DURING THE 2002 WILL. SORRY GREEDY KATHERINE.. YOU NOW DISGUST ME. MAY THE REST OF YOUR LIFE BE SHORT.

RIP MICHAEL....I AM CERTAIN YOUR CRAZY A** FAMILY CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR NEED FOR XANAX GREEDY MONEYGRUBBERS

1891 days ago
94.

Alan C    

Does this SURPRISE ANYONE? It certainly does not surprise me one bit to see this happening. However, it isn't Katherine pulling these strings it is the rest of the Family ESPECIALLY JOE JACKSON! He is the GREEDIEST of the ENTIRE CLAN and will try to do anything to get his piece of the MJ estate, since he was OFFICIALLY snubbed by MJ, for abusing him as a child! It is really true - "the real people show-up when you die". It is unfortunate, but not surprising.

1891 days ago
95.

Yvonne    

It's very clear to me, Katherine wants the money. The lawyer Katherine has wants the money too and he will stear her wrong and when it all falls thru she will be the one stuck with the bill. I hope she quits while she's ahead. The whole family is wacked in my view. I think they just want the kids for the money. They know they aren't Jackson's. She needs to be happy with what she got, cuz she could have the give her attorney half of it when this fails her. I listened to the Larry King interview with one of the brother's, and Larry ask about the money and Joe being left out of the will. He said, Mom will have money so Joe will be okay, we'll all be okay. That pretty much says it all. It's to bad that MJ had to live life like that, no wonder he stayed bombed with drugs. It was the only way to live with what they did to his spirit. Don't get me wrong, he needed help. But when your MJ and well know, how do you get help w/o the whole world knowing your messed up? W/O the whole world knowing your business, because you know someone would have leaked it all for a $$. Sad, Sad, Sad!

1891 days ago
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tangledweb    

#95 -
you are right on --- I am certain that the entire family, for the most part was supported by Michael. He was a very generous person. I am sure that Katherine is very worried, should something happen to her now, there will be no one able to support her family. I think they are treading on thin ice trying to see if they can break that clause! says alot. sad.

1891 days ago
97.

TEAMBRANCA    

#100 SORRY ABOUT YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT NO ONE HAS MORE RIGHTS THAN THE MOTHER

HE OBVIOUSLY DID NOT THINK SHE WOULD BE COMPETENT AS AN EXECUTOR AND DID NOT WANT JOE INVOLVED. YOUR LOGIC IS FLAWED. SHE LET JOE BANKRUPT THEM EVEN THOUGH MJ SUPPORTED THEM SOOOOOOO GENEROUSLY THROUGHOUT.

I WOULDN'T LEAVE MY MOTHER IN CONTROL OF MY AFFAIRS AND I LOVE HER DEARLY.

SHE IS OBVIOUSLY A WEAK EASILY MANIPULATED WOMAN . SHE SHOULD BE GRIEVING NOW AND WORRY ABOUT THIS STUFF LATER AND ALLOW THE EXECUTORS TO CLEAN THINGS UP. BUT SHE'S LETTING HERSELF GET CONTROLLED. DISGUSTING

1891 days ago
98.

joelisa01    

again, is the will even valid if he was intoxicated or as an out of control addict at the time the will was written and signed. also, i agree....its her son, and she should be next of kin. also, everyone should keep in mind that when mj was growing up during the 50's and 60's if she left joe j. where was she supposed to go with 6 to 8 kids? i am not sure but i dont think they had battered womens shelters. she had been trained in the system where women didnt have a voice...they were barely working outside of the home. so, when people ask about why didnt she leave...think about the time period, and her religion, etc. he probably brutalized her also....becausre a bully is, even when no one is watching a bully.

1891 days ago
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photos?    


@Posted at 10:58PM on Jul 17th 2009 by tangledweb

That's true he probably was, so once again the question remains why doesn't Janet step up if the family is desperate?
Maybe she is estranged from them now?

1891 days ago
100.

prairiedog    

Shame on you Katherine. I don't understand why she doesn't honor Michaels wishes of appointing Branca and McClain to be the executors. They are professionals. I don't know much about being an executor, but I would think there would be mechanisms in place to make sure they can't take the money and run. I thought executors usually were people that were impartial and didn't directly benefit from the will. Unbelievable.

1891 days ago
101.

I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

Damn that guy looks like Woody the Woodpecker.

1891 days ago
102.

tangledweb    

yeah, I think Joe and Katherine's lawyer are the ones praying they can break this will.

1891 days ago
103.

angeleyes    

2 - two weeks before he died Michael Jackson was sued by his Father and brothers - for $40 million dollars!!!!! Because he did not want to do a tour with them but signed up for the London concerts - I would bet that the reason Michael hired back his old friend Branca to sort out the mess - Plus Michael trusted him which he could not do with anyone in his family.
I think Katherine is being led around by the nose by Joe - and of course she wants to support her whole family on Michaels' dead back - What a sorry bunch these folks are - If I had such a family I would be on drugs too!

If I remember correctly the law suit was filed by Allgood Entertainment - on behalf of Joe Jackson and the brothers - 2 weeks later Michael is DEAD - Guess they still want the $40 million!

1891 days ago
104.

welc ome    

Finally the other side exposed for what they really are. Reports now state it took two weeks for Katherine to cry.
OMG

1891 days ago
105.

photos?    


I agree they only want the kids for the money.

they want it for the money now- so they get more allowance from their portion for raising them and I think they know if they are not raised in the Jackson family they will lose connection (not like they really have had it before) with the kids and not be able to have their hands in their money when they are older. They probably think they can manipulate them and use their money like they did Michael.

The best thing that can happen is the kids go away from them now and that when Katherine dies her remaining 40% goes to the three kids. The rest of the Jacksons get real jobs or call auntie Janet.

1891 days ago
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