Michael Jackson Will Filed in Court: Mother, Diana Ross appointed as Guardians, No Public Memorial at Neverland

The will Michael Jackson filed in 2002 is now part of public record. From MTV.   In it, he appoints his mother Katharine as guardian, and long-time mentor Diana Ross as backup.   He specifically omits his ex-wife Debbie Rowe from the will.   Jackson appointed his long-time lawyers as co-executors.   (read more at AP).  

Plus, the family has announced there will be no public memorial at Neverland tomorrow as previously reported.

I would expect the family to contest the will.

LOS ANGELES ‘ Michael Jackson‘s 7-year-old will was filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust while making his mother the guardian of his children and cutting out his former wife Debbie Rowe. The will, dated July 7, 2002, estimated his estate at that time at more than $500 million.

It names his mother, Katherine Jackson, as a beneficiary of the trust and the guardian of Jackson’s children, who are also named as beneficiaries of the trust.

It also names entertainer Diana Ross as a successor guardian for the children and their estates if something happens to Katherine Jackson.

Jackson’s longtime lawyer John Branca and John McClain, a music executive and a family friend, are named in the will as co-executors.

The executors moved quickly to take control of all of Michael Jackson’s property, going to court Wednesday to challenge a previous ruling by the judge that gave Katherine Jackson control of 2, 000 items from Neverland.

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