Estate of Denial news clips (3/6/17)

Michael Jackson’s Mother Enters Estate Legal Fray

The Hollywood Reporter

February 24, 2017

As the legal fight between Michael Jackson’s estate and the IRS winds down, another battle is heating up.

The estate has been involved in one lawsuit after another since the singer’s death, facing off with Quincy Jones, Jackson’s ex-manager Tohme Tohme and “Thriller” director John Landis — just to name a few. Now Katherine Jackson, the late King of Pop’s mother, is asking the court to let her intervene in a lawsuit that centers on The Michael Jackson Company.


Katherine Jackson files for full control over the late Michael Jackson’s legacy

February 26, 2017

Katherine Jackson is seeking full control of her late son’s estate.

According to Page Six, the Jackson family matriarch ignored a mandate that could disqualify her from receiving payments from the late King of Pop’s estate and filed legal documents for full control of his legacy.

“Although I am a principal beneficiary of the Michael Jackson Family Trust, I was not informed by the executors of a letter [regarding others’ claims for ownership of the Trust]; nor did the executors keep me informed on the progress of the estate of Jackson,” she reportedly wrote in court documents.


Suffolk Probate Court is a mess, but who caused it? (MA)

The Boston Globe

February 27, 2017

Three defenders of Felix D. Arroyo, the suspended Suffolk County Register of Probate, describe the office he inherited as so rife with racial tension, backbiting, and unprofessional behavior that dysfunction was practically inevitable.

In the office, they say they have witnessed — and been subject to — racial slurs and other demeaning comments, uttered without retribution from superiors. They insist that Arroyo was intent on cleaning up a toxic workplace, even as he was thwarted by entrenched bureaucrats who have seen such bosses come and go for years.


Malpractice deal pending in Portsmouth inheritance case (NH)

February 27, 2017

PORTSMOUTH — The four largest beneficiaries of the late Geraldine Webber have a March 21 deadline to file a proposed legal-malpractice settlement with Webber’s prior attorney Gary Holmes.

The beneficiaries include the Portsmouth police and fire departments, each of which received partial inheritances of $105,687 earlier this month. Also one-quarter beneficiaries of Webber’s remaining estate are the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Shriner’s Burn Center.

Holmes wrote a last will and trust for Webber that left the bulk of her $2 million-plus estate to now-fired Portsmouth police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin. After a two-week trial, Judicial Referee and retired Judge Gary Cassavechia overturned those estate plans, while finding Goodwin had exerted undue influence over Webber while she changed her estate plans to his benefit.