The Michael Jackson probate dispute between his mother and his two executors has been active since it started this summer. But it looks like it’s about to really get heated up.
For starters, Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother and a primary beneficiary (along with his children and unnamed charities), has been challenging decisions made by co-executors John Branca and John McClain on a regular basis. She had asked for, and received, permission from the judge to allow her to challenge them based on conflict of interest and undue influence without jeopardizing her rights as a beneficiary under the “no contest clause” of Jackson’s will and trust.
A “no contest clause” is a common provision than many people use in their wills and trusts to discourage family fighting. It usually says that anyone who files a legal challenge and loses gives up their inheritance. Katherine Jackson wanted to be free to challenge Branca and McClain without fear of losing her inheritance, and the judge allowed her to do so.
So far, her