Michael Jackon’s Mother Katherine Jackson Wants His Estate To Cover The $561,000 In Legal Fees She Incurred While Attempting To Stop Them From Closing A “Secret Deal”
The mother of late pop icon Michael Jackson wants to be reimbursed after suffering a court loss.
According to Radar Online, Katherine Jackson recently submitted a motion to have her son’s estate pay the $560,000 attorney bill she racked up trying to stop them from moving forward with a confidential deal.
Reportedly, Katherine Jackson stated in the motion that her lawyers had to do a significant amount of work to prepare for the case. Her charges from law firm Glaser Weil Fink Howard Jordan & Shapiro (Glasser Weil) reportedly stemmed from interviewing family members, gathering documents, preparing exhibits for trial, trial briefs and witnesses, as well as examining and cross-examining witnesses, and various other tasks. The total amount in services from April 1, 2023, to November 30, 2023 reportedly added up to $561,548.48, which the 92-year-old is now seeking to have Michael Jackson’s estate pay.
In her motion, Katherine’s lawyers reportedly argued that the estate is solvent and has
“ample resources and much more than will be necessary to pay its anticipated expenses.”
Additionally, they reportedly highlighted the fact that the mother of 10 is currently in the process of appealing the ruling of the case in question. As we previously covered, Katherine initially filed suit against her late son’s estate because they were attempting to finalize a “secret deal” she did not approve of.
The Michael appointed executors of the estate John Branca and John McClain , however, successfully fired back. Reportedly, the pair argued that Katherine had disapproved of other deals that ended up being highly profitable, such as the late singer’s concert film “This Is It” (2009). They reportedly wrote in that court filing:
“The Estate was teetering on the verge of collapse, with more than $400 million in debt that encumbered Michael’s most significant assets and little or no liquidity or means to service that debt.”
“Through creative thinking, hard work and business savvy—and, of course, Michael’s extraordinary creative legacy—the Executors transformed the MJJ Business into a profitable enterprise,”
The movie reportedly turned out to be one of the highest grossing concert films of all time, resulting in a judge siding with the two and allowing them to move froward with the new deal. However, Katherine is still fighting to have a higher court review the case in hopes of over turning the ruling. It has been reported that a decision has not yet been made regarding her half a million attorney debt at this time.
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