Joe Jackson appeals verdict

17 Nov 2009

MJ’s dad still fighting for a cut of his cash

MICHAEL JACKSON's father is refusing to give up on his bid to be included in his son's will - he's taking his case to the California Court of Appeal.

Joe Jackson lost his court battle to discredit the King of Pop's estate executors, after a Los Angeles judge approved the administrators listed in his son's 2002 will last week.

The pop superstar, who passed away in June, left his estate in the hands of John Branca and John McClain in the event of his death, according to the document.

Its validity was called into question by Jackson family members, after it emerged the hitmaker was in New York on the date he is said to have signed the document in California.

Joe Jackson subsequently took legal action to have the pair disqualified, claiming Branca and McClain hid a mistake in the will from the courts.

But papers were signed by a judge on Thursday.

The ruling came days after Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson publicly disputed Joe's opposition, claiming she had no issues with the executors of the singer's estate.

Her lawyer Adam Streisand appeared in court on Tuesday, arguing Joe has no legal standing to object to the validity of the will or to the estate executors, because he was excluded from the list of beneficiaries.

But that's not good enough for Joe - he has filed legal papers setting the stage to challenge the decision, insisting his son's name was forged on the will.