Michael Jackson's mom gets custody

Mon Aug 3, 2009 7:18pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's 79-year-old mother was awarded custody of the singer's three children on Monday and given more time to spell out objections to having two music executives administer his multi-million dollar estate.

Judge Mitchell Beckloff officially admitted the pop singer's 2002 will into probate court and extended until October 2 the temporary control of the "Thriller" singer's estate granted to executors John Branca and John McClain.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, has asked for more say in guiding the matters of his estate, valued at more than $500 million in an attachment to his will, and Superior Court Judge Beckloff gave her until October 2 to come up with reasons why she should have greater input.

Lawyers for concert promoters AEG, which was behind the planned comeback tour of the King of Pop before his death in June, also filed papers asking to be named a party to estate hearings and to be kept informed of business decisions.

After the singer's sudden death from cardiac arrest on June 25, entertainment lawyer Branca and music executive McClain were given temporary control over the Jackson estate's business affairs and since then have worked to generate more income.

They won permission to reprint Jackson's 1988 autobiography "Moonwalk" and are putting together a deal with AEG for the sale of rehearsal video shot in Los Angeles before his death.

On Monday, lawyers for Katherine Jackson said in court that they had concerns over the health of Branca and McClain, and of possible conflicts of interest, but did not go into details.

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<p>Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson, in a file photo. Jackson's mother will get custody of the late pop star's three children after reaching an agreement with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, avoiding a custody battle only days before a court hearing on the matter. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Pool</p>