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Katherine's New Lawyer to Estate: Let's Be Fair

4/15/2011 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson has just hired a lawyer to repair the damaged relationship with the Michael Jackson Estate ...trying to unlock some of the money the Estate is raking in and give it to MJ's mom.

Katherine hired Perry Sanders, a big time litigator who, among other things, was pivotal in securing the publishing rights for the proper owners against Master P and the No Limit Records catalog.

Sanders tells TMZ ... he wants to work with MJ Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman to see if they can reach some sort of common ground.

As TMZ first reported, the Estate is already paying Katherine $26,000 a month.  In addition, the Estate has paid off the mortgage to the Jackson family home, bought her a car, hired a cook and paid for various vacations and other expenses.

Katherine and her people feel they haven't gotten enough dough, given that the Estate has made hundreds of millions of bucks since Michael's death.

For his part, Weitzman tells TMZ, "If Mr. Sanders is in fact Mrs. Jackson's new lawyer, I will be glad to talk to him."


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I suspect KJ is being pressured by others in the family, and that she may be acting similarly to how a co-dependent enabler would act when dealing with an alcoholic or an addict.

Maybe there are some family members who want her to get as much money from the estate as possible before her death, so she can give them handouts from it and/or leave it to them in her Will. MJ's children's money is separate and they can't get their hands on it -- so just have to rely on money being funneled to them from KJ's inheritance, which stops at her death.

Maybe they feel more entitled to a portion of MJ's estate (which they didn't get) because they were part of the group that made MJ famous, whereas his kids are not even biological relatives. Not saying I agree with this at all - just saying that that's how it looks to me.

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yo less than a minute ago

It's hilarious to read the Jackson freeloader plants posting here.

Get jobs, idiots, and stop whining about Michael's will!

The executors get paid because they are doing their job to pay off MJ's debts AND pay money to Katherine (which she does nothing to earn, and hurts at every chance)

Jackson freeloafers posting here whining instead of doing anything useful, you are a disgrace to Michael!


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Somebody buy her a better wig.

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Without the executors to protect them Joe and the other family members (leeches) and all the con artists and scammers would take it all in no time flat, leaving KJ and the kids with nothing but memories of the easy life.
If that's what she wants, let her have it.

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I heard she makes all her new employees trim her hedge. That has got to SUCK!!

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Michael was very wise to figure out a way to keep Joe's hands OFF the money. Michael made sure to NOT have Katherine (in Joe's service) able to ruin what the executors do, which is what he wrote for them to do. Katherine gets a lot of money now and will get much more when the debt is paid off.

The only people complaining are the moochers who try to get Katherine to pay them more... she is manipulated by Joe and the rest of the moochers and she is too lenient with them to stop them. They would destroy Katherine AND the estate to get what they want. Fortunately for both Katherine and the kids, the estate is protected from Joe and the moochers by what Michael himself wrote and willed!

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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Thank God for executors. Had it not been for them the Jacksons would have squandered every penny, sold every asset and been flat broke by now. I really wouldn't mind Katherine and the kids getting more money if it weren't for the fact that others are trying to benefit from it.

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Why should she get a dime? It's the CHILDREN'S money!!!!!!!

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Wow you guys are so gullible 21 minutes ago

I don't know if these are haters or plants... or maybe both.
But when I read things like "Go Team Branca" I have to laugh. I'm sure that's exactly what Michael would have wanted" When I die, please give any money made off my name to lawyers and executors, screw my family, my kids, and charities."

You can't educate people who are ignorant and don't know they are.

I say it one more time: Go Team Branca! Because they are the only ones who take care of Mikes kids.
Katherine and the kids got 9 Millions since June 2009!
So you think, its not enough?
Who is ignorant?

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This woman is an ID TEN T. For you that do not know that is an ID IO T, idiot. Just another lowlife on the food chain of life. She is not fit to raise the children, and cares nothing of their future.

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@moonbeam, besides Katherine's 26,000 per month, the estate pays close to $60...,000 a month for the support of the three kids; that's $86,000 (or thereabouts) per month. Who could not live on that! And the estate paid off the house, bought the car, you name it, they did it. Have you noticed the few times Michael's children are on TV (Oprah, GMA, etc.) they are dressed ragtag? I know it's common for kids to be sloppy these days but come on, even though Michael hid their faces, did you ever see those kids when they were with Michael NOT dressed up decently. And did you see what Prince was wearing at the Lakers game with "uncle jackie". Ripped jeans are in but again, come on! Katherine wants money to support Jermaine's and Randy's kids (and jermaine and randy themselves). Just what DOES Jermaine do for a living except travel to exotic lands? Jermaine and the others chose not to make idividual careers for themselves when MJ went into the stratosphere; Michael supported Katherine and Joe (and by the funneled money) Jermaine, Randy and their offspring, all his life; now that the estate has clamped down, they better learn to take care of themselves - just saying that's how it looks to me. And by the way, MJ3 ARE Michael's biological kids; do some research.

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Hannah H.    


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I am not a big fan of the Jackson family, just Michael, but it kinda makes you feel sad for them at some point. Katherine was used to getting money from Michael while he was alive and dishing it out. When Michael died, the cash train stopped. I feel the family is also having a hard time dealing with the fact that Michael didn't leave anything to them. Only his 3 kids and his mom, and his mom only while she is alive and than her portion reverts back to MJ3. Who knows why he left his will the way he did but him, and they all need to respect his last wishes. Michael left his mother financially able to live the last years of her life good. She needs to enjoy those last years with her remaining kids and her grandkids. Life is just too short with battling something she probably is going to end up loosing anyways. I do really feel for her bc I think she is being manipulated by Mann and possibly Joe. It is just a shame that MJ3 is caught up in the middle of all of this b.s. Their world was turned upside down and now they have to hear the constant battle of their daddy's family fighting with his estate. Just makes you wonder what money can do to people sometimes. I hope they all find some peace with all of this someday.

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T. Bag Jones    

GREEDY!!! This family is despicable. They should be thanking the estate lawyers for being able to turn that financial mess into a profit. Even if the estate turned over every single cent to this greedy ass family, those mooches would STILL be crying saying someone owes them more money for MICHAEL'S achievements. The Estate should sue Joe Jackson for all the physical and mental abuse he laid on Michael when he was alive. Put his loser ass in the poor house. R.I.P. Michael...finally free of those disgusting scavengers.

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