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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson -- Will or No Will?

JacksonThe debate rages whether Michael Jackson died intestate or testate.

In Michael Jackson's Estate in Court, myjoyonline.com, June 29, 2009, it is reported that Michael's parents, Joe and Katherine Jackson, claim in their probate filing that Michael died intestate.

However, in Michael Jackson's Will Surfaces, TMZ.com, June 29, 2009, it is reported that Michael Jackson's attorney, John Branca, is in possession of MJ's will and that he intends to file it with the court.


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Court filings in the probate and guardianship matters are available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/16974369/Michael-Jackson-Probate-Filings

The petition for probate filed by Michael's parents is written as if he died intestate.

As a matter of California law, any person in possession of a decedent's original will must deposit it with the superior court in the county where the decedent lived within 30 days of the death, and must mail a copy to the named executor.

Posted by: Greg Broiles | Jun 30, 2009 2:06:55 PM

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