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Court Showdown: Katherine Jackson Tries To Get Control of Michael’s Estate

Aug. 3 2009, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

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UPDATE: At 12:30 PM EST, La Toya comforted Katherine. The family seemed suprised by Kaplan's remarks and whispered to one another in the front row.

UPDATE: At 12:25 PM EST, Judge Beckloff told Kaplan he must file a separate motion.

UPDATE: At 12:18 PM EST, Mark Vincent Kaplan (famous for being Kevin Federline’s lawyer during his custody battle with Britney Spears), spoke up on behalf of Dr. Arnold Klein protesting any involvement of Joe Jackson with Michael’s children. Kaplan did not comment on Klein being rumored to be the children’s father, but said Klein was worried about them due to his long-time friendship with Michael. He also mentioned Klein's interest in having some say in matters like the children's education.

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UPDATE: The women of Michael Jackson’s immediate family just entered the courtroom at 11:57 AM EST. Katherine and his sisters La Toya and Rebbie joined brother Randy. The hearing is expected to begin shortly.

Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, will face off in court Monday morning with John Branca and John McClain -- the two men named as executors in the late singer's 2002 will -- over who gets control of the late Thriller singer's estate.


Katherine Jackson's lawyer Londell McMillan, said his client should be named as co-executor of the estate, on the basis that she had been her son's most trusted financial adviser for the past four years.

Michael Jackson's Mom Continues Court Battle With Estate Administrators

Jackson died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest June 25 in Los Angeles; results of an autopsy conducted on the pop icon have yet to be released.

Katherine Jackson Asks Judge For Money for Michael’s Kids will be in court Monday for the Jackson hearing and will bring you the latest twists in the case as soon as they happen.



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