A big trial is set to begin in late April, pitting the executors of the Michael Jackson Estate against the operator of the Heal the World charitable foundation. The charity has many supporters, including Michael Jackson’s parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson.
Not only has Katherine supported the charity against the executors, but she did so with a surprising attack against John Branca, the lawyer who is one of two estate executors.
Katherine Jackson has battled with the executors before, but it all seemed resolved in late 2009 after her surprising change of heart. But clearly, there is plenty of fighting left!
What did Katherine Jackson say, under oath, to support this charity? Is this is a sign of more fighting yet to come? What could have been done differently in Michael Jackson’s estate planning to prevent this fight?
Danielle and Andy Mayoras of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! answer these questions and more, including revealing exactly what Katherine Jackson said about how her son felt about John Branca. Read more...
The Business Insider recently published an article featuring Trial & Heirs‘ Top 10 Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes. Here they are:
1. Jimi Hendrix’s Critical Error: Doing Nothing
If you do not plan your own estate while alive, you could end up like Jimi Hendrix and have someone that you barely knew controlling your legacy. Hendrix’s legacy was fought over in court more than 30 years after he died.
2. Justice Warren Burger’s Critical Error: Doing It Yourself
Former Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger created his own will with 176 words but he left out key provisions and his family paid the price.
3. Heath Ledger’s Critical Error: Not Updating
Heath Ledger never updated his will with the birth of his daughter, leading to chaos and family members fighting through the press.
4. Princess Diana’s Critical Error: Taking Shortcuts
Princess Diana used a “letter of wishes” leaving personal items to her godchildren instead of specifying her wishes in a will or trust.
5. Florence Griffith-Joyner’s (Flo Jo) Critical Error: Forgetting Read more...
Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, just won’t stop pursuing claims involving his late son’s estate, even though judges keep telling him to . . . [wait for it] . . . Beat It!
Joe Jackson’s efforts to have the administrators of the King of Pop’s estate removed in court have failed. Here’s our last article discussing his failed attempts. The probate judge ruled he didn’t have legal “standing” (meaning the right to bring the claim in court) to fight against the executors because he was not a beneficiary. In other words, because he wouldn’t inherit anything, it wasn’t his right to complain about what the executors were doing.
Joe Jackson Files Lawsuit Video
So, of course, Joe appealed. The Court of Appeals has recently upheld the ruling of the probate judge and agreed that Joe had no claim. So, he’s most likely out of luck with that claim.
But, wait, he has more! Or does he? Joe had filed a claim seeking $500 million dollars against Dr. Conrad Murray, AEG, Read more...
When Joe Jackson sued for the death of his son Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson initially said she wanted nothing to do with it. Now Michael’s mother, who is also the guardian of his children, has started her own lawsuit against the concert promotion company that, she claims, pushed Michael to his death.
Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit blames AEG for the King of Pop’s death and seeks damages on behalf of Katherine and Michael’s children. You can download and read the lawsuit here courtesy of TMZ.com.
Katherine Jackson lawsuit
Among other reasons, it accuses AEG of negligently hiring, failing to supervise and controlling Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who has been criminally charged for causing the death by using Propofol (and other drugs) to help Michael sleep, when it was not medically appropriate.
Interestingly, the lawsuit does not name Dr. Murray as a defendant. Rather, it targets AEG and various officers and employees with the company.
In the lawsuit, Katherine alleges that AEG and the other defendants interfered with the doctor-patient relationship Read more...
Even though Michael Jackson’s father was not included as a beneficiary in his will or trust, it hasn’t stopped Joe Jackson from trying to intercede in the legal proceedings surrounding the estate. First, he asked the judge to remove estate executors John Branca and John McClain.
The probate judge dismissed his claims, saying he lacked “standing” in the estate because he was not a beneficiary. In other words, he did not have enough of a financial interest in the estate to be able to legally complain about who was in charge.
Recently, Joe Jackson filed an appeal of that decision, arguing that he was financially dependent on his son while he was alive, so he did have enough of an interest to attack the executors.
This argument is a long shot, at best. Joe Jackson requested an allowance from the estate initially, but he recently withdrew that request. More importantly, Michael did not choose to leave any of his assets to his father, so even if he supported his Read more...