Michael Jackson‘s estate will be handled solely by the executors he designated in his will, attorney John Branca and music industry executive John McClain, both of whom were long-time friends and advisors of the late singer. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Monday completely turned away renewed efforts by Katherine Jackson to keep her in the decision-making process on all estate matters.
After a July 6 hearing the court ruled that Branca and McClain would be appointed administrators of Jackson’s estate. Jackson named them executors in his 2002 will. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mom, lost her bid to become administrator.
But the judge still needed to sign the letters naming Branca and McClain special administrators and this past weekend Katherine and her attorney renewed their attempts to gain a measure of control over Michael’s estate.
In fact, in papers filed Monday by Branca and McClain’s lawyers, they state: “As late at 4:10 p.m., Sunday, July 12th, one of the attorneys for the Jacksons sent an email to Howard Weitzman (one of the attorneys for the Special Administrators) stating that it was his intent to have the order reflect that Katherine Jackson should be treated like a third trustee…”
Branca and McClain said that would make the process of handling all the pressing estate matters impossible.
The Court gave a resounding “no” to Katherine’s requests — again.
The next hearing is set for August 3.