The one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s shocking death on June 25, 2009 is upon us. While his music and thriller dance moves live on, unfortunately, so do the legal battles over his estate. Let’s moonwalk backwards through the past 12 months to review the courtroom clashes and combative issues involving the King of Pop’s estate.
June 29 – Katherine and Joe Jackson, Michael’s parents, file to open the probate estate of Michael. They allege that he died without a will and ask for Katherine to be appointed to administer his estate. Katherine filed to be appointed as guardian of Michael’s three children the same day and is granted temporary authority to assume custody of them.
July 1 – John Branca, Michael’s former attorney, and John McClain, his former manager, file their own probate petition, asking the Judge to appoint them as executors of Michael’s estate