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Dogfight Shaping Up in Jackson Probate

7/29/2009 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonKatherine Jackson's lawyer is officially squaring off with the two men Michael Jackson selected to handle his estate, claiming the co-executors are intentionally trying to keep Jackson's mom in the dark.

Londell McMillan just issued a statement making it clear -- he wants Katherine to become a co-executor. McMillan claims the co-executors -- John Branca and John McClain -- are not letting Katherine see the agreement Jackson signed with AEG. ... which McMillan says could be a huge source of income for the estate.

McMillan claims the co-executors are imposing unreasonable demands on Katherine -- requiring her to make special promises of confidentiality for the benefit of AEG.

The co-executors have maintained all along they were the ones Michael selected to manage the estate and they are doing their job.

One thing is clear -- it's getting ugly.

UPDATE 9:43 AM ET
Reps for the co-executors just issued a statement, saying the only thing the co-executors asked of Mrs. Jackson is a confidentiality agreement with respect to the AEG agreement but her lawyers refused. They also say it's apparent Katherine's lawyers want to "rewrite Michael's will to make Mrs. Jackson 'Guardian of the Estate' and have her appointed as an executor" ... the co-executors say it's just not what Michael wanted and he said so in his will.

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16.

Brooke    

If Katherine Jackson feels Michael made a mistake or was not of sound mind when he appointed the 2 lawyers as executors, then I guess it was a mistake to leave her the children and 40% of the estate. She needs to back off and let it go.

1726 days ago
17.

JO    

to #13 Kay, I agree with you.

1726 days ago
18.

BabyGirl    

A friend told me a will dated 2005 was found. I haven't heard anything about it yet.

Any truth to it, TMZ?

1726 days ago
19.

mellow    

Is it her lawyer or her husband? I find it sad they try to pretend she is behind all this in fighting. Of course she would have to sign confidentiality agreement to view contracts. It is normal and combine that with the diarrhea of the mouth the entire jackson family has it is necessary. It shows how little they thought of MJ that they challenge everything coming through the court, as if he could not make decisions himself. Too bad he did not put more clauses in there to stem this crap going on now. Money and death are just a pot of evil brew waiting to explode, every time.

1726 days ago
20.

~A true MJ fan from the heart~    

Mrs. Jackson continue to fight for the rights of your son's belongings, children, estate and money. You are the only one who will do right by Michael Jackson. Michael was your son! May Jehovah bless you in your efforts and fight. I will pray for you and your whole family.Give much love and support to Michael Jackson's three children. "GoneToo Soon" ~A true MJ fan from the heart~

1726 days ago
21.

Sand D    

Now you know why those boys want to keep their momma happy........she is the drive behind Joe.....lol and all the time you all thought it was the dad.....ha ha ......don't cross the momma she is the junk yard dog! with a sweet bark.

1726 days ago
22.

slt    

Family and money don't mix. MJ knew that when he drew up his will. Abide by his wishes.

1726 days ago
23.

Miles    

Now this is something I blame totally on Michael Jackson and his family. Its a shame that Michael didnt leave anyone in his family as a executor of his estate. Just sad how one of the most successful families in Amercia look like they dont trust each other. I would have thought that Michael would have left his estate to his children only. With someone being a co-executor until they were of age. It seems Michael may have given his estate to the same folks who (for all practical purposes) didnt have Michaels best intrests at heart. These are the people who sat around knowing Michael had a problem but they did nothing. I sure hope Katherine is able to get some control and give Michaels estate to who it belongs. Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket.

1726 days ago
24.

shygal100    

Oh no the best was when Joe was interviewed about not being in the will and he said it didn't matter to him because Katherine would be fair. You know he's getting something out of this and makes me and I'm sure alot of others think he's still the driving force for Katherine. Let's face it, they still aren't divorced.
I'm curious though as to why the 2 executors never brought up the whole thing about her losing if she contested the will. Sources say she's not contesting it but if she's trying to change the terms Michal set for who does and gets what, isn't that contesting?

1726 days ago
25.

Sad    

Michael was not stupid, he obviously chose John Branca and John McClain for a reason, and that reason is happening right now. JUDGE! Please make Michael’s last wishes come true!

1726 days ago
26.

shygal100    

Leave someone in Michaels family in charge of the estate? Hel they can't even agree on where and when to bury the poor man. Besides he knows his family better than we do so I'm sure he had good reasons.

1726 days ago
27.

Tray    

I can understand that the executors should keep Katherine informed about what is going on, but she couldn't even handle her own personal finances; how could she possibly handle an estate the size of Michael's? As for her attorney, Londell McMillan, well where was he before the will publicly surfaced... he was at the BET Awards grinning like a Cheshire cat thinking that he was gonna be controlling everything with none other than JOE JACKSON. After the will became public and he saw the negative reaction that Joe was receiving, suddenly he says he has nothing to do with Joe Jackson. Coulda fooled me... looked awful chummy with him at the awards. Londell McMillan is trying his best to get a seat at the executor's table, and if he can't do that he will constantly advise Katherine Jackson to go against one thing or another involving the estate so he can keep his legal fees going. Thus far it appears that John Branca and John McClain are working for the best interest of the estate. If Katherine is smart, she'll allow them to do what Michael wanted THEM to do, and quit letting people lead her around. Anytime I hear anything about her I have visions of Joe Jackson in one of her ears and Londell McMillan in the other. It's really sad.

1726 days ago
28.

Justice for all    

AEG wants Katherine to sign a confidentiality agreement that the contract she will view will NOT be used in any other legal environment except the Probate case. Sounds a little Fishy to me. What "other legal environment" could they be alluding to? Maybe murder????

1726 days ago
29.

DD    

I THINK SHE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE FINANCES, BUT A WILL IS MADE FOR A REASON AND AS HIS MOTHER MRS. JACKSON SHOULD RESPECT HER SONS WISHES, SHE GOT 40% HOW MUCH MORE DOES THIS WOMAN NEED.

JUDGE, YES PLEASE----------------------OBEY THE RULES OF A WILL-----------------ONLY FAIR AND ONLY RIGHT........

THE CO-EXECUTORS THAT HE LEFT, HE LEFT FOR A REASON MRS. JACKSON DON'T KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT ESTATES AND THINGS LIKE THAT....

I DO WONDER THOUGH WHY MICHAEL NEVER UPDATED HIS WILL, BUT THEN AGAIN MAYBE HE DIDN'T NEED TOO BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE

RIP PRINCE--------------------------

LAST NOTE THOUGH, MICHAEL SUPPORTED EVERYONE IN HIS FAMILY, NOW THEY ARE ALL PANICING BECAUSE THEY GOING TO HAVE TO GET REAL JOBS-------

MICHAEL WAS USED AND ABUSED HIS WHOLE LIFE, WONDER WHY HE STARTED USING AND ABUSING DRUGS-----------------

POOR SOUL, MAY IT REST IN PEACE SONNER THEN LATER!!!

LOVE YOU PRINCE---YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

1726 days ago
30.

JO    

Katherine Jackson's lawyer is a loser.

1726 days ago
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