Michael Jackson estate in Branca and McClain's hands....for now

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Michael Jackson estate in Branca and McClain's hands....for now

Mon Jul 06, 2009 @ 03:48PM PST

By Eriq Gardner


Michael-Jackson-p01Congrats to John Branca and John McClain for bringing some semblance of stability to the Michael Jackson legal circus. This morning, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted them temporary control over Jackson estate.

Confusion reigned last week after Jackson's mother Katherine made a request to appoint a special administrator to the estate. Branca then surfaced with a will drawn up by Michael Jackson in 2002 that laid out specific executors. 

"Mr. Branca and Mr. McClain for the next month are at the helm of the ship," Beckloff told the court today.

Katherine Jackson was not present in court but Branca was in attendance. The judge seems sensitive to any emerging dispute between the parties. He told Branca he needed to share information about the estate and any transactions made with Katherine.

We'll see if that's enough for Jackson's mother. 

In a statement, John Schreiber, an attorney for Katherine Jackson, said, "Frankly, Mrs. Jackson has concerns about handing over the keys to the kingdom."

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