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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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susan    

Most people with money and big investments don't have family members as executors on wills. They have professionals.
Katherine Jackson had to file bankruptcy for a few hundred million dollars. Why would anyone in their right mind want to put an 80 year old woman who couldn't handle their own money in charge of a complex business such as MJ? Educate yourself people. KJ has no business whatsoever to be an executor on that will.

1848 days ago
32.

Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

I thought anyone challenging the will got cut out immediately --- if that's true, why are the judges letting Mommie Dearest use up the estate's money on lawyers' fees challenging the stipulated executors? Oh. Self-answering question. Never mind.
Poor Michael. As crazy and unreliable as he was, it must not have been easy being the Jackson Cash Cow. So many greedy little fingers in the pie.

1848 days ago
33.

Tom    

This whole Jackson family saga reminds me of the movies "One Flew over the Cukoos Nest. That whole family belongs in a mental hospital.....

1848 days ago
34.

JO    

Jackson family should keep that stupid lawyer away from Michael Jackson's 3 children. He is dangerous.

1848 days ago
35.

anniehopper    

I trust K.Jackson more than AEG

1848 days ago
36.

gina    

this looks like Mr Joe jacksons handy work to me!!

1848 days ago
37.

susan    

You don't need to update a will unless you have to make changes. Guess MJ had no changes to make. People don't normally update wills unless something changes.

1848 days ago
38.

getoverit    

Someone apparently is telling her what to do...it is sad that everyone is more worried about who gets control of the money rather than the who, why and how of his death. Katherine has been trained well by Joe ( dirtymoneygrabbingnotalentjerkface) If anyone spent the kind of time with Joe that Kat did well ...Old habits die hard. And yes she is challenging so I think she should be put out of the will, and not be allowed to handle the childrens money in anyway...Rebbie is the best choice...the only one who was smart enough to run away as far and fast as she could from the jackson machine. Go Rebbie...the kids deserve some stabilty now from someone who is not all about putting on a show.....

1848 days ago
39.

jana lalewicz    

This family makes me SICK too!!! At first I thought Katherine was alright until I found out she was BROKE!!! Are you kidding me?? Why should this woman be broke?? Jermaine is starting to get on my nerves too with his "SMILE TOUR". I think Katherine lets herself be jerked around by that nutty-ass father Joe! Just how much money does he have by the way?? I say no way this will should be executed any other way than how MJ wanted it to be!!! These Jacksons are looking WAY TOO SHADY!!!

1848 days ago
40.

susan    

John Branca is one of the best and most respected entertainment lawyers in the world. He was the one that made MJ a very rich man. It was one of MJ's best decisions putting that man as one of the executors of his will.

1848 days ago
41.

Good Grief!    

I think it is time Catherine fired this lame brain attorney and accept what the will states.
If she keeps following his advice, she is going to lose everything.
I agree that Joe the Pimp is behind all of this and is hand in hand with this joke of a lawyer.
To the Judge, it's time you stood up, give her one warning and one warning only to back off, if she doesnt, cut her out.
What a bunch of vultures!
And to think, this man is STILL NOT BURIED!

1848 days ago
42.

liz    

Susan, you are right, the average person could no more manage that kind of estate successfully than a professional. Katherine would run that ship aground fast. It takes highly capable, skilled persons to manage those kind of business affairs successfully.

Katherine and Joe have already proved they cannot manage money. This way the children's money will be safe, although no one benefits by having that kind of money. It will be a blight on their lives.

1848 days ago
43.

photos?    



Being his mother does NOT mean you have a right to his estate. It is HIS choice and he made it in his will.

She doesn't have any rights over him because she gave birth to him 50years ago. People can assume that and be emotional but fortunately that is NOT the way it works in court. He did not will his mother to be in charge.

I can't wait until the judge rules she crosses the line.

God help those young kids, please.

1848 days ago
44.

Sand D    

How long have they rented that coffen for anyway?

1848 days ago
45.

Carl    

Come on people - Her son has just gone (and I say "gone", not died or murdered... as there are many aspects of this that are SO SUSPICIOUS !)... She's just lost her son and AEG want here to sign a confidenciality agreement before she sees the contracts - Great... She's probably thinking AEG had something to do with his 'dissapearence' just like the rest of us - 50 concerts instead of the 10 Micheal signed for, Dr Feelgood hired by AEG... The truth will out one day..

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