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Katherine Jackson Fires Her Lawyer

4/14/2011 11:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson has just escalated her battle royale with the Michael Jackson Estate by firing her lawyer.

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TMZ has obtained a letter Katherine sent to Adam Streisand, wishing him the best on the one hand ... and giving him the boot on the other.

The letter does not explain the reasons for the firing, simply saying, "... I have decided to move in a different direction."

But sources connected with Katherine tell TMZ ... she's upset that Streisand gave TMZ a statement yesterday in which he said Katherine "denies signing any statement to the court that makes accusations against the executors of any wrongdoing with respect to her son or his estate."

The Heal the World Foundation had filed a declaration -- purportedly written by Katherine Jackson -- in which she accused John Branca of being a crook who stole from Michael.

Streisand told TMZ Wednesday, "She did not and would not make any such statements about the executors."

Sources connected with Katherine do not dispute Streisand's claim that Katherine never said or believed the executors were crooks.  So it's unclear what got Katherine so upset that she fired Streisand.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... some of the people who have Katherine's ear have it out for the Estate and actually wrote the declaration with the accusations and were upset that Streisand blew the whistle on them.


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1.

Muppet    

I think Katherine Jackson is far too old to be dealing with all this stuff. They should have someone else appointed.

1102 days ago
2.

Bob    

If she were running the estate it would be broke and the kid's pennyless by now. Someone should tell her it's the kis'd money, not hers.

1102 days ago
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pat    

What kind of lawyer conducts his business by getting in touch and giving up information to TMZ ?

Only in America

1101 days ago
4.

Iceman    

She's showing who is in control now.

1101 days ago
5.

aston    

As far as I can see, Streisand (for whatever reason) protected her. If I understand things correctly, the declaration can't go anywhere or lead to anything, because it only states opinions and hearsay and there is nothing of substance in it.

No judge can overthrow the Estate management, or indeed do anything at all just because Mrs Jackson tells them Michael once said maybe Branca stole from him. She must have proof, such as papers or recordings indicating he was not happy with Branca's return in June 2009 and wanted him out.

If Michael was really unhappy with Branca, he would have changed his will and deposited it in a safe place, or actually in more than one place, since he feared for his life. But no other will has been found.

Legally, more suspicions it not enough. Also, who would she like to handle the estate in Branca´s stead? Is there - realistically - anyone else?

I'm sorry, but unless there is something more and clearer coming out, I feel like they are all completely nuts. If I'm wrong and there is actually something very fishy going on, the Jacksons should stop hinting and mumbling and reveal the whole shabang to the media. Including why on earth KJ is teaming with Howard Mann, signing crazy contracts.

1101 days ago
6.

MiMi    

Well it will be interesting to see who she will now retain as her lawyer.

1101 days ago
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paula    

I am sure that she is at her witt's end and who could blame her. All of the vultures either have their hand out or are running to the nearest camera/publishing house.

1101 days ago
8.

FlowerPower    

"Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... some of the people who have Katherine's ear have it out for the Estate and actually wrote the declaration with the accusations and were upset that Streisand blew the whistle on them."


TMZ, who is you ***********?
Joe, Mann, Melissa 'fake' Johnson?
Katherine should have given boot to someone else than lawyer. Is she going to hire Oxman now?

So Katherine says that she didn't sign that declaration, but fired Adam S. because he made it public"?

1101 days ago
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Barb.A.    

I think HM is trying to set KJ up to get control of the estate. He has befriended her and he is befriending the kids. Once the kids trust him fully he will be making his move on them for their money. Someone needs to get that awful man far away from them ASAP.

1101 days ago
10.

JLa    

I do not think she is in control someone else is pulling the strings.

1101 days ago
11.

Ray    

they are all losers.cant wait till the "whose are they really kids" start getting there own press.smart money is all or one of them will make lohan look like a saint.

1101 days ago
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aston    

Barb - I was thinking something similar. People are positioning themselves around KJ and making friends with the kids, to be on their good side as things change. How on earth are those children going to determine who is the bad guy and who is the good?

1101 days ago
13.

mjfanalways    

i love you more Michael.miss you and your beautiful smile. wish you were here with us. hugs angel.

1101 days ago
14.

Carl    

Looks like people will be taking advantage of Katherine until the day she dies. Sad.

1101 days ago
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Barb.A.    

Aston, I don't think the kids will be able to tell the difference. I feel really bad for the kids. They didn't ask for all this crap but got thrown to the wolves anyway.

Anyone want to bet who KJ new lawyer will be? Someone from HM team and then they will have a foot in the door to the estate.

1101 days ago
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