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Katherine Jackson

I'll SHARE Guardianship with TJ

7/27/2012 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson says she's had a change of heart ... and is now ready to SPLIT guardianship of MJ's 3 children with her grandson TJ.

Katherine's attorney, Perry Sanders, tells TMZ ... TJ and Katherine  will file a request for JOINT GUARDIANSHIP with the court early next week ... and they expect it will be approved.

Perry tells us, "That pleading will essentially now legally reflect how Mrs. Jackson and TJ have often shared  responsibilities of raising the children since Michael Jackson's tragic passing."

Katherine's lawyer says the new arrangement "reflected the wishes of [Michael Jackson's] children" ... Paris, Prince and Blanket.

If the court grants the joint request, Katherine's lawyer says TJ will be able to assume a lot of the day-to-day responsibilities that have been stressing Katherine out ... including management of household personnel and security.

"It will also make clear for school personnel and anyone else coming into contact with the children that TJ is authorized to act on their behalf," Perry tells TMZ.

"Mrs. Jackson will then be freed up to focus on the more personal everyday decision making related to the lives and activities of the children."

Katherine's lawyer says the agreement would still empower Katherine to CONTROL THE FAMILY'S ALLOWANCE ... which is $70k per month.

The arrangement also seems to make TJ a shoo-in to become the SOLE guardian of the children if Katherine dies while they are still minors.

Katherine's lawyer concludes, "Mrs. Jackson is extremely pleased with the prospect of enjoying the pleasure of raising Michael's children without the day-to-day tedium of items such as managing the large staff that goes with such a high profile family and focus her attention on being a grandmother and raising Michael's children."

Perry tells us ... TJ will file a petition to become the sole permanent guardian later today ... but that's just a formality because of a court imposed deadline. The joint petition will TRUMP that filing.

10:50AM PT  TJ just filed his petition for permanent guardianship ... and TMZ obtained a copy.



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Are you kidding me ? Katherine wants "joint" guardianship while TJ does all the work which stresses out Katherine ? Sounds like Katherine is still pitching for a free ride here. OK, give her joint guardianship, but give TJ control of the 70k per month.

755 days ago


I still don't understand why she sould get ANY of the kids' money if she's not taking care of the kids. She must want half of the kids' money to give to Randy, Germaine and Janet. Either she's in, or she's out, there is no half! Just a couple days ago she wouldn't even take the kids' call, AT ALL, but she still wants half their money? Doesn't make any sense to me.

755 days ago


Katherine's idea of "sharing" Guardianship is she gets all the money, and TJ gets all the kids. I just don't get that. Once the Judge hears about that, he's going to laugh Katherine right out of Court.

I think the only reason why they approached her that way was so TJ could make a smooth transition into being the Permanent Guardian, because otherwise I can't see anybody approving a deal like that! She gets the money and TJ gets the Kids. Bull crap!

755 days ago


After scanning the threads spinning out of this Jackson stories, I am safe to say that the Jacksons are nuts. Everyone of them.

However, what I see is that the comments generated around these people are as crazy as the Jacksons. So many nuts over there. Everyone has a crazy opinion and won't listen to another's. No wonder the world is in so much trouble and there are always wars around us.

The only hope is that, maybe just maybe, outside of the rabid world, people are just a little bit more sensible, logical, compassionate, and realistic!

755 days ago


TO: lilly who wrote:
"Katherine is responsible for paying all the house staff and body gaurd the kids allowance and ground keepers so yes it would take alot of money if you look at the whole picture and paying utilities and food, hello people look at the whole picture please."

That's a lie. The Estate pays all the bills, including all the rent, utilities, maids, cooks, everything, and The Estate already has it's own accountants. The Estate lawyers pay themselves out of MJ's money to do all that work.
If the Estate gives the money to Katherine instead of to TJ (who actually is the kids' real Guardian and he's actually taking care of the kids, not Katherine), then that would constitute a misappropriation of funds. Those funds are strickly for taking care of the kids, which is exactly what TJ is doing. Katherine is sitting there with her hand out for doing nothing? Great scott!

755 days ago


It must be very disconcerting to know ,your brother left a billion dollar estate, and you can't get your hands on any of it! It was all left, in trust, for 2 white kids,and one Mexican child and an elderly woman.The Jackson's do feel a sense of entitlement,for sure.

755 days ago


Why is Prince referred to as Michael Joseph Jackson Jr in the do***ents? He also posted that name under his Tweet yesterday? Is Prince not his real name????

755 days ago


I think TJ is doing the right thing. I think he really cares for and about what will happen to Michael's children. Forget about Diana Ross, she did not even show at Michael's funeral and has yet to be heard from. TJ is young and in a few years the kids will be old enough to be on their on. Tid bit about TJ, his own beloved mother was murdered a few years back by one of the OJ Simpson's Jury's father. She was found at the bottom of a swimming pool and later found out it was a homocide. So he has been through alot too. I think he is genuine.

755 days ago


On top of $70-86,000 a month Katherine gets the MJ estate is separately paying the mortgage, gardeners, insurance, remodelling and taxes associated with the (Encino compound) property and 30,000 a month for the Calabasas home.
Secondly, I don't see what the issue is. Anyone who runs anything in life takes a percentage. ESPECIALLY IN HOLLYWOOD/music industry. Why is this even up for a debate? If you sell a house, the realtors get 6%. If you're a celebrity, your manager gets 15%. If a lawyer wins a settlement for you, they get 33%.
It should be in the "no ****" category that these guys get a percentage. What the hell is the problem?!
The rule in cali is that executors make 10.5% for estates less than 25 million. If the estate exceeds that the amount is determined by the court but USUALLY EXCEEDS that percentage significantly did to the complexties of the estates.
So frankly, the executors are working at a discount and doing an AMAZING job securing the kids future. What does Katherine do with her personal $ 30,000/month. None of my business but its plenty of money while the estate was getting out of debt. Just sayin....

She doesn't deserve to be guardian anymore. Let TJ or someone outside the family do it.

And the kids need a restraining order agains Randy, Rebbie and Janet pronto!!

755 days ago


NO NO NO. This is a bad idea she is going to get the money?? Why????? That seems to be the problem. She doesn't deserve the money if she has partial guardianship and because she obviously lets her greedy p.o.s. kids do whatever the hell they want. She left these kids alone. I don't care about the excuse, f u c k her she deserves NOTHING!!

755 days ago


This sounds like a good plan. I think Katherine is too old to be raising three teenagers and the stress was getting to her. From the film clips the Jackson's looked like vultures circling their prey. They were clearly up to no good.
The children are clearly unhappy being abandoned and unable to contact their only guardian for two weeks. They actually seem more mature than the rest of the family.

755 days ago

Who Knew    

Katherine's lawyer says the agreement would still empower Katherine to CONTROL THE FAMILY'S ALLOWANCE ... which is $70k per month

So that's all that's important to her and her greedy kids, THE MONEY

755 days ago


Those kids are an emotional connection Katherine has with Michael. Taking those kids away from her will kill her. They belong with Katherine, Michael left them with his mother for a reason.

755 days ago


To be perfectly frank, I hope the court grants TJ's request for "permanent" guardianship because Katherine Jackson is "TOO OLD" and "STRESSED OUT" to be put in the middle between her children and grandchildren. The executors seem to be doing an "EXCELLENT JOB" of managing the late Michael Jackson's estate and a significant part of their duties is to ensure the "SAFETY AND WELL BEING" of all the beneficiaries. It's time for all Michael's siblings to "BURY THE HATCHET" and move forward with their "OWN" LIVES!!! IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR THIS FAMILY WORK PAST THEIR DIFFERENCES AND "HEAL"!!!

755 days ago


Anyone else notice that Debbie Rowe was written as MOTHER of Blanket?

755 days ago
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