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Katherine Jackson's Secret Contract

11/12/2010 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson has been bitterly complaining the Michael Jackson Estate is not giving her enough money, and now we know what she's done to supplement her income in a big way.

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TMZ has obtained a contract Katherine signed with Vintage Pop Media (VPM), the company that owns tens of thousands of photos, videos and other MJ items.  Under the deal -- which is not sanctioned by the MJ Estate -- Katherine agreed to participate in the production of "The Katherine Jackson Story," some sort of MJ documentary set to music.  Katherine also agreed to pen the book that was just released, "Never Can Say Goodbye."

In return for her work, VPM -- owned by her controversial business partner Howard Mann -- agreed to pay Katherine 25% of the net profits with a minimum monthly guarantee of $10,000-a-month.  But here's what's really interesting ... there's no end date for the $10-grand-a-month, so if you read the contract literally, VPM agrees to pay Katherine at least $10k-a-month for the rest of her life.

And get this.  The contract also says Katherine has the legal right to "forever bind" Michael's kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket.  According to sources familiar with the MJ Estate, Katherine does not have the power to contractually bind Michael's kids.

Katherine is already raking in $26,000-a-month from the MJ Estate, but she's complaining she wants more.  Looks like she found it.

Howard Mann tells TMZ, "This is one of several agreements with Mrs. Jackson. This was a starting point in our relationship."


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241.

mymjj5    

some things are none of their business. if MJ did not own these projects, companies or the rights to the products and services then the estate executors need to shut up and take care of everything in which they have to the power as granted by the court.

btw: TMZ needs to release the names of every client that the Executors represent. TMZ needs to release the details of every contract with their other client's in order for the world to see what the executors are really up to that's legally binding for life. the world needs to know how many shaddy characters and smoke screen businesses Branca and Mcclain are paid to represent.

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242.

mymjj5    

You go Mrs. Jackson. The executors have other clients and business ventures that TMZ will never ever post on this site. Keep going Mrs. Jackson. Play the hollywood game and make all the money you can for yourself. I can almost imagine that you are sick of the executors rationing out what you can and cannot have. always sticking their noises in what you can and cannot do. something are none of their business. if MJ did not own these projects, companies or the rights to products and services then the estate executors need to shut up and take care of everything in which they have to the power as granted by the court. branca and mcclain need to back the freak up and let things be that have no direct legal impact on Michael's estate. Mrs. Jackson is the children's legal guardian. She can act on their behalf.....lets just wait and see what becomes of this binding for life for the kids. IMO I think the kids want to be involved some how in keeping their dads legacy alive. the damn executors block and knock everything down in which they cannot profit personally.
MJ's parents decided the children could go on the Grammys, and do the Oprah interview. It's their decision. So what!!! forever bind the kids for life: the kids Prince and Paris will be legal adults in less than 4 1/2 years. good grief TMZ!

1409 days ago
243.

mymjj5    

Don't forget Katherine was the one who was standing by watching and doing nothing when Joe was abusing Michael
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after 52 years and his death.....could you at least try? After all the ass whoopins made him the most successful entertainer who ever lived.

I know, I know it scarred him psychologically. MJ was not the first, last or only child to get his but whooped, but he's got to be the most successful one. Also MJ was in therapy as an adult to get the help he needed. MJ forgave his father and they moved forward. why can't you and those like you do the same?

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244.

mymjj5    

However, because Ms. Rowe was successful in having her parental rights restored, her wishes as the surviving legal parent, by-and-large, supersede the wishes laid out by Mr. Jackson in his will.
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No she does not because Debbie was the non custodial parent. She has legal rights as their mother, but the wishes of the non custodial parent (Debbie Rowe) does not supercede the custodial parent (Michael Jackson) even after he died (especially if their is a will).(MJ was a smart cookie when it came to his children).

If A Custodial Or Non-Custodial Parent Dies
http://www.deltabravo.net/custody/ifcpdies.php

Non-custodial parents need to be aware that if the custodial parent dies or becomes seriously disabled, they may NOT automatically get custody. A step-parent or other family relative can petition "in the child's best interests" in Probate court for guardianship of the child or children. This will essentially give them full physical and legal custody.

If this is done in Probate court, it may take precedence over orders from Family court. Probate court is a "higher" court than Family court, and sometimes Family court orders will be ignored. You may want to consult with a "probate specialist" to find out what the proper course of action would be, and you will definitely want to discuss this with your attorney.

If at all possible, have the Family court compel both parents to enter an automatic "turn-over" of custody to the surviving parent into their wills. This may or may not help, but it can't hurt.

If you are the non-custodial parent, file for full physical and legal custody as soon as you find out that your ex has died. Consider having your attorney prepare the required paperwork in advance.
As with any custody issue, the matters can take years to litigate and resolve. Obviously, this can work for you or against you depending upon who died and who has (had) custody. By being prepared ahead of time, you'll have a better chance of making sure things turn out properly.
If you are the custodial parent and you do not feel the surviving parent would be fit to raise the children,

Decide who you would want to raise the children if you should die unexpectedly.
"Will" guardianship of the children to the person you want to raise them,
File a valid will, and have your attorney and the person you want to raise the children retain copies.
Also follow the steps below to ensure proper transfer of inheritable property to the children.

If the non-custodial parent dies, inheritable items meant for the children may end up in the hands of the custodial parent. Some custodial parents may interfere in one or more ways with the transfer of the property to the children, with the result the children don't get the property or may never even know it existed. To ensure that your children inherit the things you want them to have, follow these steps:
Decide what property of yours you wish to go to the child or children. Make a detailed list of what property goes to which child.

Arrange in advance with a trusted third party (friend, family friend or your attorney) to hold the property for the children.
"Will" the property to the trusted party, with the understanding that they are to hold or "own" the property until the child is old enough to receive it. This may be a day, a month, or several years. The time period is up to you.
File a valid will, and have your attorney and your trusted third party retain copies.

http://www.deltabravo.net/custody/ifcpdies.php

1409 days ago
245.

mymjj5    

Ms. Rowe having her parental rights reinstated only means that the state of california legally recognized her as the children's legal and biological mother (again). Michael maintained full custody of their children. She relinquished everything in exchange for her spousal support. I think her visitation if any was very limited. Yet she agreed to it.

1409 days ago
246.

mymjj5    

have to say that I am sick and tired of the "they're spending MJ's kids money". Because 1)all of Michael Jackson's money should not go to his kids which are not biologically his (for all who don't know or just don't want to except it).
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Janar
You must be new or a clone starting the same old argument about MJ's children. Clearly you don't know what you’re talking about when it comes to Michael's children. All three children are Michael Jackson's biological children. There are no other fathers involved. Michael never adopted Prince, Paris and Blanket because you cannot adopt your biological children.
Michael was not appointed as the children's legal guardian by the court because in order to be appointed their legal guardian, the children would have to be removed from their biological parent due to imminent risk or threatened harm.
It does not make any sense to remove the children from Michael Jackson their father, only to appoint him as their legal guardian.
Michael is not the children's stepfather either. Michael only married one woman who had children prior to his marriage. LMP’s ex husband Danny is their father. MJ has no legal rights to them at all.
If Debbie Rowe had children with another man, that gentleman would have legal rights to Prince and Paris. It’s been 13 years and no one has proven MJ not to be the father of all three of his children.
Online claims, speculation and disbelief by critics, haters, and ignorant paid pundit fools on TMZ as well as the tabloids cannot ever change the fact that MJ is the one and only father of all three of his children.
No DNA tests, no new marriage licenses or birth certificates or medical records can change the fact that Michael Jackson is the father of all three of his children.

I said this before and I’ll say it again. Every lying stupid ass jackal on earth claimed to have donated sperm for Michael to become a father. Now that Michael is dead, nobody wants to donate a damn thing or petition the court for custody.
It's a damn shame how the so called legit media played a major role with this BS regarding three innocent minor children. An effing disgrace no matter how you look at it.

1409 days ago
247.

mymjj5    

typo:
It was clear to see the woman was black.

1409 days ago
248.

mymjj5    

I agree that MJ lied about Blanket's mother. One interview he said she was black but they did not know each other. Another interview he says the child's mother is a model. I've seen footage of him leaving a hotel with the woman carrying what appeared to be a newborn child (Blanket of course). It was clear to see the woman was a black. However you could only see her from a side view or from behind getting into the limo, while he talked with the media. I've tried to locate the footage. Most likely its been removed from the web.

1409 days ago
249.

mjuls    

In reply to: Roseilicious, Mymjj5, et al.

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Roseilicious, personally, I find it sad Mr. Jackson did not feel he could refuse to answer such a personal, invasive question publicly. I can’t think of a more personal or private matter. To my mind, public figure or not, such information is no one’s business and not for public consumption. By invoking five words, “it’s none of your business” (at different points) Mr. Jackson could have changed the entire tenor of the Bashir piece. Mr. Bashir should be ashamed of HIS conduct.


Mymjj5, you need to understand the information you posted are generalities. While S.P.A.R.C. may be a wonderful elemental resource for separated parents, when it comes issues of parental rights and child custody each case and jurisdiction is distinct. It is not possible to take the information referenced and apply it in “cookie-cutter” form to what has taken place in the case of the Jackson minors.

The most important piece of information in the article you quoted (in regard to Mr. Jackson) comes in the second paragraph where the author states: “If this is done in Probate court, it may take precedence over orders from Family court. Probate court is a "higher" court than Family court, and sometimes Family court orders will be ignored. You may want to consult with a "probate specialist" to find out what the proper course of action would be, and you will definitely want to discuss this with your attorney.”


You also need to remember - and this is key - the parental landscape between Mr. Jackson & Ms. Rowe changed drastically from the time Mr. Jackson originally drafted his will and 2006. When Mr. Jackson drafted his will in 2002 he did so as a single parent with sole legal and physical custody of his two eldest children. This was not the case at the time of his death. (I wrote about this in an earlier post on this thread for others who asked. If you’re so inclined, it may help explain the legal elements applicable to Mr. Jackson’s case for you.)

California law is clear. Had Ms. Rowe come forward IMMEDIATELY after Mr. Jackson’s death and moved for custody of her children the court would have had to find a reason to deny her request. (Thus putting Mr. Jackson’s extended family in the unenviable position of having to challenge Ms. Rowe in court.)

By mediating a private custody agreement between herself and Ms. Rowe, Katherine Jackson afforded herself greater influence and a stronger legal position should custody again become an issue, including in the event of her own death. I can GUARANTEE you the private agreement reached between Ms. Rowe and Katherine Jackson includes a "succession of guardianship" clause which affords Katherine Jackson the ability to designate a successor guardian in the event she should die while either of Jackson-Rowe children are still minors. The court would still need to approve the appointment, however, because Ms. Rowe has already agreed, the process should be relatively smooth. But make no mistake, in California, as long as the Jackson-Rowe children are minors, Debbie Rowe maintains an influential voice when it comes to legal decisions that involve her children and the court will weigh her opinions when making determinations about the children.

I hope you find this information helpful. Be well.


PERSONAL NOTE:

As the holidays approach my visits here will become even more infrequent. I have enjoyed our discourse and hope I have been able to help answer your legal queries surrounding Mr. Jackson’s life and death. I will check back more regularly after the New Year.

I wish each of you peace, joy and prosperity for 2011. May you and yours enjoy a safe and healthy holiday season.


Be well all,

Mjuls, Esq.


Portions of this post have been previously published by me. If you choose to copy all or parts of this post into another forum you must credit “Mjuls” and include the appropriate disclaimer.
**DISCLAIMER: The information expressed is not intended to substitute for professional legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should accept legal advice only from a licensed legal professional with whom you have an attorney-client relationship.

As a matter of record I state I am in no way affiliated with the Estate of Michael Jackson.

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250.

MJ LIVES ON    

I find it sad Mr. Jackson did not feel he could refuse to answer such a personal, invasive question publicly. I can’t think of a more personal or private matter. To my mind, public figure or not, such information is no one’s business and not for public consumption. By invoking five words, “it’s none of your business” (at different points) Mr. Jackson could have changed the entire tenor of the Bashir piece. Mr. Bashir should be ashamed of HIS conduct.

Posted at 6:18 PM on Dec 15, 2010 by mjuls

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@MJULS

Beautifully said. I agree with you, something as personal as this is NO ONE'S BUSINESS! I just wish MJ would have stood up for himself more. Seriously, if someone dared to ask me such personal details of my life I would have told them to go chase a cat!

Anyway, thanks for the time you take to answer our legal ?'s & for separating the facts from fiction. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MJULS!

1408 days ago
251.

MJ LIVES ON    

@Roseilicious

I wanted to ask you... can you please talk about the 2nd autopsy. What are the great differences? I knew the Jackson's had a 2nd one done, but didn't know about different findings... PLEASE tell me there is not something about the 2nd report that will help Murray! Thx much! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

1408 days ago
252.

FlowerPower    

@Mjuls and MJ LIVES ON
I fully agree with you both!
We do not need to know everything and Michael has right to keep his private things private.

Mjuls, thanks very much for taking time for replying our legal questions and happy holidays!

1408 days ago
253.

mymjj5    

Mymjj5, you need to understand the information you posted are generalities. While S.P.A.R.C. may be a wonderful elemental resource for separated parents, when it comes issues of parental rights and child custody each case and jurisdiction is distinct. It is not possible to take the information referenced and apply it in “cookie-cutter” form to what has taken place in the case of the Jackson minors.
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@MJ Ruls
I only used the generalities because this is a "gossip site." I realized (not you) that we are not dealing with the brightest bunch of characters on this blog.
Nevertheless, I know exactly what I'm talking about from a professional standpoint. Yet I refuse to post information regarding my professional credentials when it comes to child welfare, licensed care, relative care, dependency, family safety, protective supervision, protective investigations, adoptions, termination of parental rights, the model approach to partnerships and parenting or the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)....etc, etc, etc.....You are correct each state is different. How the law is interpreted in regards to "the best interest of the children" is left up to the court. Also in practically every case in which the parents are involved, the court is usually 99.9% CORRECT for the placement of children!

besides, I love to ruffle the feathers of the haters who try to sound as if they know what they're talking about.

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254.

mymjj5    

typo:

Nor will I speculate, why Ms. Rowe whom some believe has all this “parental power” now that MJ is dead, still does not have her children

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255.

mymjj5    

Also, MJ Rules
I go with the generalities because I was not in the room with Ms. Rowe and Mrs. Jackson. I have not seen a copy of the mediation agreement, nor any court orders granting permanent guardianship to Mrs. Jackson.
Nor will I speculate, why Ms. Rowe whom some believe has all this “parental powe” now that MJ is dead, still does not have her children. Also the risks to Michael's kids (all children living in out of home care) diminishes each and every year as they get older.

btw: love all of your posts!!!!!

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