Some of Michael’s siblings have again queried the validity of Michael’s will and demanded that Mr Branca and Mr McClain resign from their duties with the Estate, and hand it over to the family.
Here is a statement from attorneys for the Estate in response to the online posting:
Any doubts about the validity of Michael’s will and his selection of Executors were thoroughly and completely debunked two years ago, when a challenge was rejected by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the California Court of Appeals and, finally, the California Supreme Court.
Under the supervision of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, Co-Executors John Branca and John McClain have diligently carried out their fiduciary duties as well as their obligation to Michael, to make sure that his Estate benefits the only family members he named in his will – his mother and his three children.
We are saddened that false and defamatory accusations grounded in stale Internet conspiracy theories are now being made by certain members of Michael’s family, whom he chose to leave out of his will. We are especially disheartened that they come at a time when remarkable progress has been made to secure the financial future of his children, by turning around the Estate’s finances as well as during a time when so many of Michael’s fans, old and new, are enjoying his artistry through exciting new projects.