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    Jackson's Will -- Randy Says Not MJ's Signature


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    Jackson's Will -- Randy Says Not MJ's Signature

    Post  Admin on Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:11 pm

    Randy Jackson claims Michael Jackson could not have signed his 2002 will, because he was 2,475 air miles away from the place the document was supposedly inked.

    According to the will, it was signed on July 7, 2002 at 5:00 PM in Los Angeles. Randy Jackson tells TMZ he has proof MJ was in New York from July 5 through July 9, on a campaign against Sony honcho Tommy Mottola, claiming Mottola had a thing against Black artists.

    The lawyer for the estate, Howard Weitzman, tells TMZ the witnesses to the will were face-to-face with Jackson when he signed the document. Weitzman would not say if the will was signed in L.A., even though the document refers to Los Angeles.

    The intimation -- the will may actually have been signed outside of L.A. even though it says Los Angeles.

    The plot thickens.

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    Re: Jackson's Will -- Randy Says Not MJ's Signature

    Post  lotusflower on Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:18 pm

    Yes and this video questions the validity of the will, the names are not correct of the children, why would Michael sign a will where the names of the children are not correct, of the witnesses to MJ signing are 2 of the the executors...WITNESSES SHOULD BE PEOPLE OTHER THAN EXECUTORS

    There was a third executor originally, I'd like to find out who that was.

    Also is very odd that John Branca had a letter from Michael 8 days before he died asking him to take care of his affairs.

    How come all these people MJ fired in the past suddenly turned up weeks and days before he died.

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    Re: Jackson's Will -- Randy Says Not MJ's Signature

    Post  Admin on Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:20 pm
    This is another sad example of what MJ was fighting for.
    This was done exactly 7 years and 1 day before the "will" John Branca fabricated to steal from Jackson's family.
    Mottola now very happy and profitting from MJ's music.

    He does all the work while others get the rewards. The history of popular music is the same. The African American/ Jackson family is now denide the legacy and control of even thier own son's legacy now manipulated by his "friend" Branca and others. This never happened to

    Elvis Presley
    John Lennon
    Luciano Pavarotti

    Bessie Smith
    Josephine Baker
    Paul Robeson
    Sammy Davis Jr
    Scott Joplin
    James Brown: Read (article below)between the lines this is a common practice for the African American "star" The script is always "die broke" while others get it all. This is a systematic practice. This is the only reason Jackson who owned 60% of SONY/ATV music publishing could ever have money issues and " die $500 million in debt".(This number is important)
    MJ they are still working against you and you are write; the press still will not say anything good about you.(Do you dought this or does MJ too have make always bad decisions" and "not know his own finances".

    You may try to prove this wrong; yet reality is otherwise.

    Cannon gets contempt charge
    Judge frowns on failure to pay James Brown estate, other violations
    By Johnny Edwards| Staff Writer
    Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
    Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    James Brown's former accountant has been charged with contempt of court, and unless he forks over $433,000 he could be locked up in a state prison for six months.

    David Cannon: Former accountant for James Brown is accused of mishandling $7 million, and won't say where it went.

    David Cannon said he doesn't have the money, so he'll probably be going to jail. He said the ongoing legal mess shows that the South Carolina judicial system is broken and that Mr. Brown's plans to educate needy children are being ruined by attorneys feeding at the trough.
    "What Mr. Brown wanted is not going to happen, if they have their way," Mr. Cannon told The Augusta Chronicle on Tuesday in a rare public statement. "His legacy is being destroyed."

    According to a court order signed Tuesday by Aiken County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jack Early, Mr. Cannon is being punished because he:

    - Did not pay $373,000 to Mr. Brown's estate, as ordered by the judge in September

    - Did not keep his hands off the Brown estate, even after he had resigned as a trustee. He had filed amended tax returns for James Brown Enterprises.

    - Did not turn over financial documents dating back to 1999. He turned in more than 35 boxes, taken from file cabinets boxed without indexes, later testifying that he had never done an accounting for probate purposes and didn't know what it involved, the order says.

    Mr. Cannon has until Jan. 25 to pay the $373,000, plus $50,000 for attorneys' fees and a $10,000 fine. Otherwise, he can report to the Aiken County jail that day at 12:01 p.m., the judge ordered.

    Mr. Cannon was one of three men the funk and soul performer designated to oversee his estate after he died. Mr. Cannon, Alfred "Judge" Bradley and attorney Buddy Dallas were to oversee two trusts -- one to school needy children, another to educate his grandchildren -- funded by proceeds from his music rights, legacy and persona.

    Six heirs named in his will were to divide up his household belongings, but after their father's Christmas Day death, they petitioned Aiken County probate court to remove the three trustees, alleging that they mismanaged the estate.

    All three men have since resigned, and the two South Carolina attorneys Judge Early named as special administrators to the estate -- Adele Pope and Bob Buchanan -- have become the new trustees. Mr. Dallas and Mr. Bradley, however, have retracted their resignations, saying the judge used "improper judicial influence" to intimidate them into quitting.

    Mr. Cannon has been accused of mishandling $7 million of Mr. Brown's money, but he said Tuesday that his only mistake was misdirecting a $900,000 royalty check in July 2006.

    The check should have gone to pay off a $26 million bond against future royalties that Mr. Brown took out in 1999, but Mr. Cannon said he placed it in Mr. Brown's trust fund.

    Judge Early wants him to pay $373,000 toward the balance. When he told the judge in November that he didn't have the money, the judge expressed doubt because Mr. Cannon had recently paid a contractor $866,000 to build a home in Honduras and had purchased the lot for $223,000.

    Mr. Cannon said that money came from the sale of "another property" and it's his wife's money. He said he offered the court a second mortgage on his South Carolina beach property but was refused.
    Mr. Cannon would not address questions from The Chronicle about where the bulk of Mr. Brown's money went.

    Judge Early's order says he "does not find David Cannon credible," based on the Honduras contract and his earnings during the past seven years. He made more than $1 million in 2006 and no less than $169,000 a year since 2000.
    "Their minds are already made up before they even ask the questions," Mr. Cannon said. "They've had all these accusations, but nobody's even looked at the books."

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    Re: Jackson's Will -- Randy Says Not MJ's Signature

    Post  Moonlight on Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:25 pm

    Sorry, I looked for a thread about the Will, lawyers etc.. and didn't see this one until after I just created this other one:

    It's an extention of the same topic area.

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    Post  Moonlight on Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:55 pm

    Michael Jackson's will surfaces

    As a massive memorial is discussed, work begins on the star's complicated estate.

    July 01, 2009|Harriet Ryan

    The posthumous affairs of Michael Jackson boiled down to two things Tuesday: His memorial service will draw a huge crowd and the settling of his estate will be complicated.
    Beyond that was a storm of rumor, supposition and educated guess interrupted by snatches of information more intriguing than complete.

    An entertainment attorney who had worked for Jackson produced a 7-year-old will that named him and a music executive as executors. Lawyers for Jackson's mother, who had asked a court for control of his affairs a day before, said they were evaluating the validity of the document.

    Meanwhile, reports about funeral arrangements swirled, with a source close to family discussions telling The Times that one potential plan involved a memorial at Staples Center followed by a procession to Jackson's Neverland Ranch, where a more intimate service for family, friends and the music industry would occur.

    Law enforcement agencies strategized, school officials near the ranch mulled traffic congestion and broadcast outlets, anticipating one of the largest media events in years, began talking about how to share helicopters, satellite coordinates, video feeds and other resources. There was just one thing missing: official information.
    "We don't know the details of what any movement would be," said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Garrett. "We've heard rumors just like the media and the public."
    An attorney for Jackson's parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson, declined to comment on the funeral planning and said the couple's legal team was focused on evaluating the July 2002 will.
    "I just saw the will for the first time this morning. We are in the process of reviewing it. We did not see it prior to the filing. We wish we had known about it earlier," said attorney L. Londell McMillan.

    The document was produced by John Branca, a lawyer who began representing Jackson in 1980. Branca and Jackson parted ways in 2006 in a disagreement over other advisors, but on June 17 -- eight days before his death -- Jackson signed a letter once again retaining Branca as his lawyer, according to a source familiar with the relationship.
    The source, like many connected to the Jackson case, spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the situation.

    The 2002 will named Jackson's 79-year-old mother as guardian of his three children and ordered that all his assets be moved into an entity known as the Michael Jackson Family Trust, a source with knowledge of the will said. It appointed as executors Branca and John McClain, a founder of Interscope Records and an associate of Jackson since his youth, the source said.
    McMillan declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report that the will splits Jackson's assets among his mother, children and one or more charities. The lawyer said it was "a good thing" and "part of the process" for those who had worked with the performer to produce documents related to his estate.
    "Mr. Jackson had a series of lawyers over time, and part of our challenge is to make contact with each and every one of those advisors to review their files," he said.

    In an appearance on "Larry King Live," a probate attorney said Branca "may not have the full picture" of Jackson's estate planning.
    "Things were in transition often in Michael's life," said lawyer Burt Levitch.

    Katherine Jackson has temporary custody of Michael Jackson's two sons and his daughter and temporary control of his estate with limited powers, including the right to secure his tangible assets. In court filings requesting those powers Monday, her lawyers checked a box indicating that the singer died without a will, but they acknowledged elsewhere in the documents that they had heard of a will but not seen it.

    "It was important for Mrs. Jackson to proactively take legal action and protect the well-being of the children and the personal property and belongings" of her son, McMillan said.
    He said he represented Jackson in the 3 1/2 years leading up to his death. McMillan said the entertainer never told him that he had rehired Branca but, he said, "It's possible."

    A statement issued Tuesday on behalf of Branca and Joel Katz, an Atlanta attorney who had been helping Jackson negotiate new record deals, said they "are now carrying out his wishes and desires as expressed in the last will and testament. It is their sincere desire that Michael's affairs be handled with dignity and respect."

    Branca, whose clients include Santana and Aerosmith, advised Jackson on what is acknowledged as Jackson's smartest business decision: Buying half of the Beatles' catalog in 1985 for $47.5 million. The catalog, supplemented over the years by the work of many other artists, is estimated to be worth at least $1 billion.
    In a May interview with The Times, Branca said he stopped working with Jackson because the entertainer brought into his inner circle "people who really didn't have his best interests at heart."
    "The paradox is that Michael is one of the brightest and most talented people I've ever known," he added. "At the same time, he has made some of the worst choices in advisors in the history of music."

    The other executor named in the will, McClain, worked with Michael Jackson, his sister Janet, and the Jackson 5 as well as with rappers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. He is best known for his work at Interscope Records, where he was responsible for bringing the controversial yet lucrative gangsta rap label Death Row Records into its corporate fold.

    An executor role would give Branca and McClain power to manage Jackson's finances while the court is settling his affairs, a process that could take years. Jackson, 50, died with more than $400 million in debt, but his assets -- including his musical catalog and his partial ownership of the Sony-ATV catalog -- outweigh his debts by hundreds of millions of dollars.
    "That is going to be a very important responsibility considering the size of the debts and the projected size of the estate. . . . There is also going to be a responsibility during that time to monetize the assets. The judge is going to want to make sure a responsible person is admitted," said Lawrence Heller, a veteran L.A. probate attorney who has handled estate planning for Sammy Davis Jr. and other celebrities.
    Times staff writers Chris Lee, Andrew Blankstein, Ari B. Bloomekatz, Ruben Vives and Raja Abdulrahim contributed to this report.

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    Post  Moonlight on Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:21 pm

    Joe Jackson Dealt Legal Blow — By His Wife!
    By: Roger Friedman // Tuesday November 10, 2009
    Michael Jackson’s father, Joseph, has been dealt a legal blow — by his own wife!
    Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Adam Streisand, has confirmed for me that his client no longer objects to the permanent appointment of their son’s executors. Katherine Jackson will now agree to John Branca and John McClain running Michael’s estate.

    Since Katherine and Michael’s children are the only named heirs to Michael’s estate, it’s now expected the judge, Mitchell Beckloff, will make his final approvals.
    This pretty much undercuts the crazy and lengthy objection Joseph Jackson has filed with the court to overturn Michael’s will and oust the executors. It’s poetic justice that Joseph Jackson has been undone by his own wife. Michael must be smiling in heaven.

    Streisand, in an e-mail, did tell me that Katherine is not, however, objecting to her husband getting an allowance from the estate.

    November 11th, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    Judge names pair of executors for Jackson estate
    Tue Nov 10, 9:18 pm ET
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge made Michael Jackson’s longtime attorney and a music executive the executors of his estate on Tuesday, giving them broad powers to run the late pop star’s affairs despite objections from his father.

    The judge’s ruling came after an attorney for the “Thriller” singer’s mother, Katherine Jackson, said she had no objection to John Branca and John McClain running the estate…
    Until now, attorney Branca and music executive McClain have handled the estate as administrators, but legal experts said being named executors gives them broader powers and makes it harder for anyone to challenge their position.
    “I think that the decision today means there won’t be any further challenge,” said attorney Beth Kaufman, a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm Caplin & Drysdale, and an expert on estates…

    Beckloff said Joe Jackson, who had a contentious relationship with his son, was excluded from the estate’s assets under the singer’s will and family trust, and therefore had no standing to challenge Branca or McClain.
    “That was a decision his son made,” Beckloff said in court. “I don’t see how (Joe Jackson’s) affected by the appointment of Branca or McClain as executors.”

    In recent months, Katherine Jackson also had objected to the way Branca and McClain ran the estate, and she demanded greater say. But last month, she replaced her legal team and on Tuesday her new attorney, Adam Streisand, said Katherine approves of Branca and McClain.

    Even though Branca and McClain were named executors, legal experts said JACKSON’S ESTATE IS LIKELY TO STAY TIED UP IN THE COURT SYSTEM FOR YEARS as a judge oversees matters such as paying creditors and making business deals.
    “A year in the blink of an eye will be gone, and they probably won’t have scratched the surface,” said Michael Dave, an attorney who handles probate and estate matters with the Los Angeles firm Marcus, Watanabe, Snyder and Dave.

    Separately at Tuesday's court hearing, Beckloff made public the nearly $1 million cost to the estate to stage the pop star's funeral. The internment itself cost nearly $600,000.

    The judge set a December 10 hearing, where Joe Jackson can make his case for an allowance he requested from Jackson's estate, in court papers filed last week.
    (Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

    Michael Jackson's nephew to distribute singer's estate
    Music producer and former boyband singer Taj is secret $1bn estate manager

    By James Desborough, 21/11/2009

    Michael Jackson's nephew Taj has been secretly invited onto the board of executors looking after the star's $1bn fortune.
    Tito's son Taj, 36, has been asked by administrators John McLain and John Branca to decide on how to distribute his cash.
    The deal - done behind closed doors - came hours after Katherine Jackson dropped challenging Jacko's estate last week.

    Insiders say the move was "a trade off " to keep upset Katherine from months of legal battles against the will.
    Music producer Taj will act as a voice for Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket in deciding on future MJ projects and deals.

    One insider claimed Taj - who became famous in 1990s boyband 3T - will have a veto vote.

    However, Michael's furious dad Joe, 80, still wants to challenge the validity of the 2002 will, which empowered McClain and Branca to oversee his son's fortune.
    This week LA Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved the estate set-up - after Katherine agreed to the set-up was fine.

    A source close to the family said: "Taj has been invited onto the board. It seems to be a trade off to keep Katherine from challenging the estate in the long term.
    "She dropped her objection, ad now Taj will represent the family in estate matters.
    "Taj is close to the children and to her grandmother, so this is a compromise to keep everyone happy. The children will have him as their mouthpiece on future decisions about their dad.
    "He is there to protect the family's interests."

    Taj - who Jacko described as his favourite nephew - has helped the three kids cope with their dad's death.
    The singer - who lived at Neverland in the 90s - had planned to work on a movie project after the This It Is tour.
    Taj said: "He had his next chapter mapped out.
    "He wanted to do this and get on to directing. The last words he said to me were, 'We're gong to do film after this.'"
    Taj was one of the family members opposed to Michael's proposed burial at his Neverland estate, as "It brought so much pain to him."

    This week Joe was rebuffed in a bid to get an allowance from the estate.
    Now he is determined to overthrow McClain and Branca, claiming the will was incorrectly filed.
    Family lawyer Brain Oxman has filed papers to the Superior court detailing inaccuracies in the paperwork.
    Oddly the will appeared to be signed by Jackson in Los Angeles in 2002. At the time the star was in New York.
    Other paperwork shows that Jackson demanded Branca resign as his lawyer in July 2002.
    He also ordered private investigators look into his business dealings.
    Other paperwork shows that Branca banked large percentages on Jackson music and commercial deals in the 1990s.
    Jackson also paid Branca $15m (£11m) to sever a deal for percentage rights on the Sony/ATV catalogue. Joe says that his involvement in the will is "a conflict of interest".
    Another statement claims the 2002 three page will was completely inappropriate and insufficient for dad of three Jackson, who had multiple business interests.

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