Read Michael Jackson's will

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Read Michael Jackson's will

Wed Jul 01, 2009 @ 10:09AM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Michael-jackson-neverland-foreclosure At long last, here's a copy of Michael Jackson's will.

The will is dated July 7, 2002 and gives his entire estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust. Contrary to earlier news reports, the will doesn't explicitly cut his father out of the estate — only his former wife Deborah Rowe.

The five-page document is rather vague on many details, which may spark future battles and increase the power of the named executors —  attorney John Branca, music exec John McClain and accountant Barry Siegel (although reports say Siegel resigned as an executor). The executors have been given power to sell assets of the estate and invest money from the estate, perhaps significant given the value of the singer's intellectual property.

Finally, Jackson gave his mother guardianship of his three children. Interestingly, his back-up plan for his children in case his mother didn't survive him was singer Diana Ross.

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