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The Mistake in Michael Jackson's Will

10/22/2009 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonjMichael Jackson's 2002 will has a mistake in it, TMZ has learned -- but it looks like a case of no harm, no foul.

As we first reported, according to the will -- dated July 7, 2002 -- it was signed in Los Angeles. But Randy Jackson told TMZ Michael was in New York City on that date.

Randy thinks the signature on Michael's will is a forgery. But Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the estate, tells TMZ the signature is valid and the witnesses saw Jackson put pen to paper.

We've now confirmed Jackson definitely signed the will in New York City on 7-7-02. So the reference to Los Angeles is clearly a mistake.

Our sources say the person who wrote "Los Angeles" is one of the witnesses to the will and simply forgot where he was.

This mistake will not invalidate the will. Ironically, if the will were declared invalid, the prior 1997 will would be probated. Just like the 2002 will, the 1997 will creates a trust. We've learned the '97 trust -- just like the 2002 trust -- leaves the same percentage to the same people: Katherine Jackson gets 40% for her lifetime, MJ's kids get 40% and the remaining 20% goes to charity.

By the way ... guess who one of the executors is in the '97 will? John Branca.

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Sheila    

First! Maybe...

1793 days ago
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hope    

i love you more

1793 days ago
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MacConvie    

oh wow, first! You guys must've just put this up here, well I'm glad everything seems to be ok with the will

1793 days ago
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LuzioFantazmo    

Balls

1793 days ago
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hope    

what is the reflection of in his sunglasses?

1793 days ago
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Simone    

zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

1793 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

Ha ha. The slimy Jackson family still gets nothing! Suckas!

1793 days ago
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JMA    

Thank God!!!!!!
Mike did the right thing,there only after the money.....
Miss you Mike.

1793 days ago
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JMA    

There NOT making there selfs popular......
Did Randy not ask Michael for money........I forgot????

1793 days ago
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hope    

thamk you TMZ great picture of mj

1793 days ago
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MsMeowzers    

Love you, Michael - great shades you have there. Miss you. Wish everyone could just get along regarding your will.

1793 days ago
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anniam    

Great news.Michaels kids will not have to worry while Branca and Mclain are in charge of the estate.

1793 days ago
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Simone    

Holly crap!!!!! I just lose the opportunity to be the first in a MJ's board!!!!!!! It's a sad situation... : (

1793 days ago
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Smooth Criminals    

The only reason for the 2002 will was to revise the 1997 will to include Blanket after he was born.

Too bad, Randy and Joe, you still don't get Michael's money.

1793 days ago
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Simone    

Holly crap!!!!! I just lost the opportunity to be the first in a MJ's board!!!!!!! It's a sad situation... : (


But, about the MJ's will, it's the best thing the fact the situation continues to be the same. Heheheheheheheeh.

1793 days ago
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