Celebrity Guardianships in the News

As we reported shortly after Michael Jackson’s death, Jackson’s mother was appointed as the guardians of his three children.  Recently, the celebrity gossip shows have wildly reported the fact that Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, “disappeared” and left the children unattended.  As a result, the court overseeing the guardianship of the three children has recently appointed Katherine and her grandson TJ Jackson as co-guardians over Michael Jackson’s three children, despite the objections of other family members Debra and Anthony Jackson.

The children’s grandmother had been serving as their Guardian, until a number of bizarre events resulted in her checking into an Arizona resort.  She was out of contact with the children since she moved to Arizona.  In light of her departure from California, the Judge was forced to name Katherine and TJ as temporary guardians over the children’s estates.

At the hearing, Debra and Anthony Jackson requested the Court not appoint Katherine and TJ as permanent guardians.  Debra claimed that Michael had concerns regarding “certain people’s influences” over his children.  The Judge rebuked Debra’s claims citing an extensive investigation conducted by the Court.  Additionally, during the hearing it was revealed that both Debra and Anthony Jackson had been asked by the children to leave a party for Prince Jackson, one of Michael’s children.  All of the children stated that they were satisfied with the outcome of the hearing.

Guardianship litigation is a stressful situation.  The attorneys at Ford + Mathiason LLP are experienced in all facets of guardianship litigation, and it is this experience allows our attorneys to alleviate the client’s stress.  If you have questions or concerns regarding a guardianship issue, please contact our office.