Michael Jackson's Father Loses Appeal in Legal Fight for Son's Estate
One day after Michael Jackson landed at the top of Forbes' list of top-earning dead celebrities, a California appeals court rejected a bid today by the singer's father, Joe Jackson, to challenge the administration of his son's estate, reports the Associated Press.
Before he died, the pop star excluded his father from his affairs in favor of making attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain the executors of his will.
Despite the obvious shutout, the elder Jackson had been seeking to have some control over post-death financial affairs involving his famous son.
On Oct. 6, when the appeals court heard arguments in the estate case, it questioned several steps taken by Joe Jackson, including withdrawing his request for a monthly stipend and failing to mention that he planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.
Joe Jackson's lawyer, Brian Oxman, said he plans to request the court to reconsider its decision and may appeal to the California Supreme Court.
Forbes reports that since passing away in June 2009, Michael Jackson's estate has earned $275 million in the past 12 months alone.