With so much exposure and scrutiny on everything that’s happened to Michael Jackson’s estate since he died, it should probably come as no surprise that his living trust has been leaked to the media and made public. Wills are public documents and available for everyone to read (once they are filed with the probate court after someone dies). Accordingly, the Michael Jackson will has been floating around for months.
Trusts, however, are another matter. Living trusts are intended to be private documents, operating outside of the court process (unless there is a dispute or challenge).
Someone decided to sneak a copy of Michael Jackson’s living trust document to the press, and a British website has the complete document online for your reading pleasure. Click here to read the Michael Jackson Family Trust.
Note that the website mistakenly refers to this document as his “Will” — it’s actually his trust, not his will.
So what does the King of Pop’s trust reveal?
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