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Why is Michael's Mom Mounting Legal Challenge?

7/19/2009 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's MomSources connected to Michael Jackson's family tell us some family members as well as lawyers for the estate are ticked off at some legal eagles who may be trying to start a legal war.

Attorneys Londell McMillan and Burt Levitch do not represent Michael's estate -- they represent Katherine Jackson personally. They filed legal papers Friday asking a judge to rule if Katherine can object to the appointment of the executors named in Michael's will and still collect the money her son left her.

Here's the issue. There's a "no contest" clause in the will, meaning anyone who files objections to the will automatically gets no money. McMillan and Levitch want to know if the "no contest" clause would apply if Katherine only objects to the executors Michael chose.

Here's what's bugging some family members and the lawyers representing the estate ... the will gives Katherine 40% of Michael's estate, so she can't be upset about that. The will names Katherine guardian for the children .. again, that's what she wants. And the named executors -- John Branca and John McClain -- are Michael's longtime, trusted advisors and friends.

So why would Katherine object to the will or the executors? A lot of people who are in the middle of it all feel Katherine is being manipulated and doesn't really understand the implications of mounting a legal challenge.

So why are McMillan and Levitch kicking up dust?

Stay tuned...


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91.

ilovetheshowmadmen    

there are 8 grandchildren living in the Encino home.. so Katherine at age 79 is raising 8 grandchildren. I totally get that Michael's are there.. but the other 5? wtf?

1831 days ago
92.

Mary    

It's all about money and the eldest children are being used as pawns by Michael Jackson's parents and their entourage who were out in full force to gain access of his future wealth (immediately) after the announcement of Michael Jackson's death. Behind the scenes, I doubt the grandmother is much different from the old man as a person doesn't remain married to someone for 60 years if they aren't codependent with them in a myriad of ways. Although many don't like Debbie Rowe, I hope she plans to fight and gains custody of her biological children and, yes, it would be interesting if the biological mother of the youngest child surfaced so as to prevent the continued Jackson Family charade wherein these caucasian children will be used as pawns for their own financial gain.

1831 days ago
93.

Cheryl Fox    

So why are McMillan and Levitch kicking up dust?
Greed and control. And who is pulling the strings? Joe of course. And Katherine is as much to blame for the greediness as Joe and the lawyers are. Katherine already has 80% of MJs estate, 40% for the children that she is in charge of, and wants more Come on! Could you imagine Joe running the show? Let people run his estate who know what they are doing... and at least speak proper english.

1831 days ago
95.

For Sure    

Money! They want to retire off the challenge! When are Lawyers in general going to stop with the stupid law suits. Michael new this what attorney's would do. Wake up Katherine. Let your son RIP.

1831 days ago
96.

ilovetheshowmadmen    

one thing that sticks in my mind is the interview in which Michael Jackson said his father beat him and Katherine said, "Stop Joe, you are going to kill him.."

his mom stood by while his dad beat him... and now look. Michael is gone... WHO will advocate for those three beautiful children that are left?

1831 days ago
97.

tired    

sorry mrs jackson the will is for real

1831 days ago
98.

someone    

I see JOE JACKSON written all over this...what does Katherine want..she has 40% of MJs estate, does she want the 20% he left to charity? or the 40% that was left to the children???Greedy...

1831 days ago
99.

arabela    

Keep informing us about Michael Jackson.In Europe we are manipulated by the Sun and Bild.de with strange and delirious news.
The persons who are not interested in MJ,can watch other news-nobody force them to read you and,as I know in the US is not dictatorship to oblige you to read only what states want...

1831 days ago
100.

chicken head    

blame the DEAD PERV MJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
but you can't so you go for someone else

1831 days ago
101.

MJFan    

I dont buy that katehrine is manipulated and doesnt know what is going on. She has 8 kids and not one of them can explain to her that she gets 40% of the estate all to herself while the poor kids who will need it most get to split 40% amongst themselves. She also gets their guardianship which means she can do whatever she wants with the money! I think the real greedy spirit of Katherine is coming out. her kids are cashing in: Tito, Latoya and soon others and she now wants more than 40%. This is unbelievable!

1831 days ago
102.

chicken head    

MJ lied in that interview too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
so don't believe EVERYTHING THIS FREAK SAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
he was spanked for misbehaving !!!!!!!!!!! now the left wing calls it beatings!!!!
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92. one thing that sticks in my mind is the interview in which Michael Jackson said his father beat him and Katherine said, "Stop Joe, you are going to kill him.."

his mom stood by while his dad beat him... and now look. Michael is gone... WHO will advocate for those three beautiful children that are left?

Posted at 7:38AM on Jul 19th 2009 by ilovetheshowmadmen

1831 days ago
103.

SUN    

This woamn is to old to concern herself with Micheals wishes. What does an almost 80-year old need with all that money? I am sure other family members (loser borthers and daddy), are behind all this. See, when Katherine kicks the bucket,this money will be passed on to them.

Micheal had a will, and probably knew exactly what other family members would try and do, this is why he added this clause. I think the family has made enough money off M.J, he sacrificed his childhood and was beaten by his mean-ass daddy, now let him rest and his wishes be respected.

I think the his mother should feel lucky to have the kids and the amount he left her, but greed has seeped its ugly-head. If will are not honored, than what is the point???

1831 days ago
104.

ilovetheshowmadmen    

MJ sucks... were you there?
that's what I thought....

I totally believe him. He is not the first of the family that has said this.
must be a reason why he called his day Joseph and not dad...

1831 days ago
105.

pashapoo    

Joe is behind these lawyers! Katherine is being manipulated and doesn't really understand the implications I'm sure. The only other money hungry idiot is that evil Joe. So someone in that family with some since should step in and get ride of the lawyers, period end of story!!!!

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