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Jackson Family Claims MJ Fired Branca

10/1/2009 5:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned an attorney acting on behalf of at least two members of Michael Jackson's family will go to court tomorrow and ask the judge to boot named co-executor John Branca from the case, but there's something they don't know.

Michael Jackson  & John Branca

Attorney Brian Oxman -- the lawyer who pops up from time to time in the Jackson saga -- says he has a document proving Jackson fired Branca.

Branca served as Jackson's lawyer on and off for 29 years. Sources connected to Branca freely admit Jackson fired the lawyer in 1990, but rehired him 3 years later. We're also told Branca quit Michael in 2006 because Jackson insisted on hiring "advisors" Branca believed would do great harm to MJ.

A month before Jackson died, he began conversations with Branca, saying he wanted him back in the fold. We've learned on June 17, eight days before Jackson died, Jackson signed a letter hiring Branca back as his lawyer.

Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the estate, confirmed, "In mid-June, Michael Jackson retained John Branca to represent him as general and entertainment counsel in his business and personal affairs." Weitzman added, "The letter retaining Branca was shared with lawyers for Katherine Jackson very early in the probate proceedings."

Attorney Londell McMillan, who reps Katherine Jackson, tells TMZ "We will not comment on what we will do tomorrow." McMillan also had no comment on Brian Oxman, but did say he had "valuable information."

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tanya    

#344 Cynthia you speak of prayer with you TRASH MOUTH indeed you need prayer to control your trash mouth...

#337 THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION THIS IS THE REASON THE FAMILY IS TRYING TO PROTECT MJ'S LEGACY THE FAMILY HAS SAID FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT WILL COME OUT THAT MJ WAS MURDERED BY SEVERAL PEOPLE IT WAS A CONSPIRACY...I SAY MORE POWER TO MR.JOE JACKSON FOR CONTESTING THE WILL...KATHERINE COULD NOT BECAUSE OF THE STIPULATION IF ANYONE CONTEST THE WILL THEY WILL BE ELIMINATED FROM THE WILL... THE JACKSON'S ARE SMART PEOPLE AND THEY KNOW A HELL OF A LOT MORE THAN WE DO...MAY GOD BLESS THE JACKSON'S THROUGH THIS HORRIBLE TRAGEDY AND LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD AMEN.

1740 days ago
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tanya    

ooh... Cynthia by the way Michael Jackson was ALL ABOUT PEACE, LOVE AND KINDNESS TO ALL HUMAN BEINGS...I GUESS YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE PERPETRATORS...I LOVE THE JACKSON FAMILY AND MR.JOE JACKSON MAY GOD CONTINUE TO EXPOSE ALL THE WRONG DOING BEHIND MJ'S DEATH THROUGH HIS FAMILY.

1740 days ago
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holmes    

geez! the Jackson's still clutching at straws. don't they know-- even IF Mj Branca fired Branca as his lawyer..BRANCA CAN STILL REMAIN AS ONRE OF THE EXECUTORS OF MJ'S ESTATE? IF MJ DIDN'T CHANGE HIM.. IT STANDS. and MJ didn't.

Apparently Mj's personal PR lady asked Michael about having a will in 2005.. and in no uncertain terms.. MJ told her.. he does..

1739 days ago
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GFORCE    

336. Where have you been? She received the contract back in Aug 3rd. And within a few days, it mysteriously leaked itself on to the internet. And, right there it was stated that the concerts were to be a minimum of 30, and could be increased by mutual agreement. They always said they would show it to her but they wanted her to sign a confidentiality agreement.


282. Time for Justice: I agree with you. Why won't they let Katherine see the AEG contracts. That should raise questions right there.
AEG said that their light will shine after people view this movie.Why would they say something like that? Guilt maybe.
AEG knew this movie would be a huge money maker. Tohme was the one responsible for setting this concert up with AEG

Posted at 11:53AM on Oct 2nd 2009 by rabdu



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Posted at 10:57PM on Oct 2nd 2009 by Susan

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NO!

Read the contract again, it was a minimum of 18 (not 30) with a pre-approval of upto 31 shows. Michael did not have to go beyond the minimum of 18.

1739 days ago
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Jan    

1735 days ago
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Dumbfounded    

Michaels dead! Dead from his choice to use drugs for years. Keep spending your money on M. Jackson to payoff debts that are not yours and keep the family in the manner they have become accustomed? It has always been your money.
Meanwhile there are others who have there eyes on your money for themselves. They are making decisions while you are kept busy with this hogwash. Unlike the entertainers and gambling where it is solely your choice. Politicos will be the entertainment and you couldn’t possibly keep them in the manner to which they have become accustomed. Just blame it on the bogie-man.

1705 days ago
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Brad    

OMG!! What?! Something is not right here!

1743 days ago
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asmith161718    

Mo money mo problems

1743 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

The Jackson Family has proven itself to be a very very manager of it's own affairs. They are playing with fire. John Branca is a good lawyer and would be a good executor.

Once those idiot Jacksons put in their own man, the entire estate will go broke. Morons.

1743 days ago
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tania from Germany    

Does this ridiculous story never end? Is it really important who the lawer for the estate is? The main point is that it will be managed in the best way!

1743 days ago
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janalal4    

How the he.. does poor Branca get ANYTHING else done, dealing with this estate & all the cuckoo people surrounding it????

1743 days ago
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newtomj    

We haven't seen or heard from Brian Oxman in a while. He needs his 15 minute fix.

1743 days ago
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blameitonkarma    

Which two members of the family are disputing Branca's status as co-executor? You're getting ridiculously lax in your reporting, TMZ, and it's starting to sound like you're just rumor-mongering.

Did Perez quit his job and start working for Harvey? Seriously. If you're gonna dish the dirt, dish it all.

blameitonkarma
http://blameitonkarma.com

1743 days ago
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Ugghhh!    

AND WHEN.....are they going to arrest that killer doctor? Why is he still walking around? Arrest that murderer doctor already!!!!!!

I always liked M. Jackson. But all this stuff just makes M. Jackson's life seem useless. A total waste of life for a singer who had a lot of talent. And some very serious mental problems about his own looks.

But the doctor is still a killer regardless. Arrest the guy already! Geezzzz!!!

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1743 days ago
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La Toya Jackson    

Back to ME! .. Me Me me and who?? ... ME!!! I am the biggest star I am by far but no one knows it .. Mo Money for me!! .. Ker Ching

1743 days ago
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