According to Michael Jackson's last Will and Testament, good friend Diana Ross will raise his three children in the event of his mother Katherine's death.

The Will, which was drawn up in 2002 and a copy provided to Jackson's parents yesterday, leaves the bulk of Jackson's estate (about $200 million) to his mother and three children. The remainder of the estate will go into a Trust to be divvied up among several charities.

Jackson's father, Joseph Jackson, and his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe -- the biological mother of his two oldest kids, get nothing.

Meanwhile, sources say construction work has been halted on a crypt for the pop star at his massive Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, California.

Dump trucks and heavy excavation equipment had been spotted coming and going from the ranch in recent days. But according to the AP, the billionaire who co-owned the property with Jackson wasn't able to obtain an exemption to bury Jackson on the land.

"The family is aware a Neverland burial is not possible. They are expected to make decisions about whatever funeral and memorial service" will take place, the source told the AP.

A planned public memorial scheduled for July 3 at Neverland has also apparently been scrapped.

It was Jackson's dream to be buried at Neverland Ranch in similar fashion to legendary Elvis Presley, who is interred at Graceland in Memphis along with his parents and grandmother.

Jackson hasn't lived at Neverland since 2005 when he was acquitted of child molestation charges. Friends say Jackson was paranoid and believed the prosecutor and law enforcement may have planted listening devices after searching the property for evidence in the trial.

Jackson's death has breathed life into a slumping music industry. Over 415,000 of his albums and 2.3 million digital downloads have sold in the four days since Jackson passed away. Additionally, Jackson music titles occupy the top 9 spots on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.

  • pinky2083

    This is just so sad.

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    Jackson’s death has breathed life into a slumping music industry. Over 415,000 of his albums and 2.3 million digital downloads have sold in the four days since Jackson passed away. Additionally, Jackson music titles occupy the top 9 spots on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.
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    this is amazing. see people still buy music, it just has to be worth the money

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Is Dianna done with AA??

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    I agree with Lady Justice. No one wants to spend their money on crap like Soulja Boy :eyeroll:

  • iscream

    I'm not buying the Diana rumor. Anything that sounds like an attention getter the media is running with it. I guess the truth isn't seller worthy. :shrug:

    Sorry Manio you should've pushed your album back another week or two. Nobody has a chance this week. Go Michael!!!!!

  • Anna

    iscream Says:

    I’m not buying the Diana rumor. Anything that sounds like an attention getter the media is running with it. I guess the truth isn’t seller worthy.
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    I didn't even know they still associated with each other. The will was drafted in 2002 but even then we did not hear much about them, Liz Taylor yes, Diana no. Who do you think the song Dirty Diana was for. I think she turned him out and he turned weird(A Sexual).

  • SunnyPA

    MJ may have thrown that on his will at the time thinking the unlikelihood of it actually happening.

    Had his mother died before MJ, he would have had to immediately change his will anyway ... seeing that he left everything to her.

  • anti-PC

    Very, very sad. I hope he will be buried in the place he loved.

  • ELove

    Yeah I heard about the Diana Ross rumor... I'll wait for the official Word-Truth regarding this matter

    And Michael's estate value-worth is in The Billions !!!
    :wink:

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    yea he has the right to the beatles catalog, i heard that it self was worth over 300million

  • Krysi J

    See! that picture of Mike with Diana right there....thats when Mike could've got it for real.....to me he was so fine right there!

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    FROM CNN-

    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A lawyer filed Michael Jackson's will -- written seven years ago -- with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday morning, court officials said.

    Jackson placed his entire estate -- which he estimated to be worth at least $500 million -- in the Michael Jackson Family Trust, which was described in another document not filed in court.

    The mother of his two oldest children was left out of his will.

    "I have intentionally omitted to provide for my former wife, Deborah Rowe Jackson," Jackson's will said.

    While it will be up to a court to decide who gets custody of Jackson's three children, he nominated his mother, Katherine Jackson, as their guardian. If Katherine Jackson, 79, is not living, Jackson said, "I nominate Diana Ross as guardian."

    The children -- ages 7, 11 and 12 -- have been placed under his mother's temporary guardianship.

    Jackson attorney John Branca, attorney Barry Siegel and John McClain, a music industry executive and longtime Jackson friend, were named as executors of the will.

    Branca and McClain issued a joint statement Wednesday: "The most important element of Michael's will is his unwavering desire that his mother, Katherine, become the legal guardian for his three children. As we work to carry out Michael's instructions to safeguard both the future of his children as well as the remarkable legacy he left us as an artist we ask that all matters involving his estate be handled with the dignity and the respect that Michael and his family deserve."

    The will, which was dated July 7, 2002, did not specify where Jackson wished to be buried.

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    THANK YOU LADYJUSTICE, I KNOW I JUST READ THAT HE WANTED KATHERINE TO RAISE HIS CHILDREN IF HE PASSED AWAY BEFORE HER. DIANA IS SECOND IN LINE. SANDRA WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR VERSION FROM.

  • iscream

    @ Anna I use to think dirty Diana was about Ms. Ross but it came out that it was about Princess Di... but I thought they were friends so I don't know.

    First time I'm hearing about him Not being able to be buried at his home. Nor did I hear they cancelled the viewing of the body. I'm sure thousands of people have already gotten their plane tickets.

    Going to look into this.

  • SunnyPA

    MJ's family will probably handle Neverland like Pricilla Presley did Graceland.

    If I remember right, Pricilla Presley said after everything was said and done, there was very little money left. So, she made Elvis into a successful business. Which, in turn keeps his memory vivd.

    I think Micheal would be very happy about that since he idolized Elvis.

  • ELove

    @LJ
    I don't know the EXACT-Percentage that Mike still owns of the Beatles catalog but when he last sold a small stake-percentage of HIS catalog the net-value was around $850 Million !!!

  • Daisy

    I knew when I heard this story on the radio Sandra would have a post about it..lol

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    they said the co-owner of neverland ranch didnt obtain SOMETHING , so they cant have the viewing or his body there :( that sucks cuz neverland is HIS place.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Katherine deserves the billions for the following reasons:

    1) She gave birth to nine children without an epidural;
    2) She carried MJ's azz for nine months,
    3) She watched him mutilate his face and destroy his azz for the past 50 years; and
    4) She remains married to Joe "Daddy Dearest Pimpin ain't easy" Jackson.

  • coaretained

    I just thought dirty diana was about a groupie... claims she waits backstage trying to gain fame... *shrugs* the world will never know...

    DEAD @ attorney mom #19.. especially the epidural part...

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    @elove
    i just re-read that too

    "Jackson, who died Thursday at age 50 in Los Angeles, owned 50 percent of Sony/ATV, which holds rights to more than 200 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and others. His stake is worth about $1 billion, said Ivan Thornton, a private-wealth adviser who has worked with Jackson. "

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    LadyJustice Says:
    they said the co-owner of neverland ranch didnt obtain SOMETHING , so they cant have the viewing or his body there

    ********************************************

    It's called a permit. You have to have a permit to put in a tennis court in affluent communities. So you know they weren't having all that foot traffic in Santa Barbara County.

  • coaretained

    I wonder why he didn't leave the kids to Janet though? She's younger...she's childless... hmmm...

  • http://tagged.com/mr718to404 BK2ATLMAN

    because she's not a mother.

  • Daisy

    @coa I have been wondering if in the end they will end up with her as well. Time will tell.

  • Daisy

    @BK I am NOT a mother either but if my sister should die I will be raising her two kids. Both she and my mama tell me that all the time..lol My mama said she is finished raising kids she is assisting as grandma only..lol

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    thanks sandra!!! i couldnt remember what they said it was on cnn lol

  • Nina

    That picture of Diana is scary

  • Anna

    coaretained Says:

    I wonder why he didn’t leave the kids to Janet though? She’s younger…she’s childless… hmmm…

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    I am trying to figure that one out. With all the family members he has why did he not choose a sibling? Do any of the females (besides Janet's rumored child)have kids? Something aint right. We know he gave Catherine the kids because Joe had not been in the home for some time and Mike knew Joe was not going to get his hands on his kids. His backup is Diana? SMH.

  • coaretained

    For real.. Diana came from waaaay ova <<<<<<<.

    Everytime I see a breaking news article i thin kthey are gonna say he faked it.. wishful thinking maybe.. tragic man...

  • shay1

    They have a copy of the "will" on ajc.com and it says Diana if mother cant take care of them. Auntie dont :ban: me, please!

  • Daisy

    @Anna Rebe(sp) has kids

  • Shauny

    Do yall know that little girl Kristina DeBarge is the daughter of James DeBarge?

  • iscream

    Well can't they get the permit? Is it that hard. This is an emergency.

    As much money as he is pumping into CA failing economy right now they are probably going to try and keep him above ground as long as they can. :mad:

  • goat76

    CNN got the PDF of the Will....and Mrs.Ross is on in the Will.......

    Did she put Make-up on her chin??..Where do they do that at???
    What up Coa

  • ELove

    @Daisy
    Go check the 'Tiny & T-Gurl Premiere Party' post
    :wink:

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    Sandra,

    Your information is incorrect. EVERYTHING Michael has goes to the Jackson Family Trust. The details of the trust are unknown.

  • Daisy

    @Shauny I was wondering that. She was on so u think u can dance and I was like she has to be related to that family..lol

    @elove ok

  • wiggy2272003

    Y'all know how MJ was Nicole Richie's godfather. She released a statment saying he helped raise her and she was going to help raise his kids.

    Maybe Janet didn't want the responsibility. Seems to me like she doesn't want to raise children. If she wanted to wouldn't she have some?

  • Anna

    iscream Says:

    Well can’t they get the permit? Is it that hard. This is an emergency
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    For Michael they may make an emergency. I don't remember Neverland being an Amusement Park, therefor it would not have needed any zoning permits. It was a tourist attraction, but those allowed inside were invited guests.

    This basically is a fight against those who reside within the vicinity of the estate. They don't want all the traffic.

  • Daisy

    Never knew MJ was Nicole's Godfather

  • Daisy

    How long can a body last even if stuck in a fridge/cooler?

  • Anna

    Daisy Says:

    How long can a body last even if stuck in a fridge/cooler?
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    How long did it take them to bury James Brown? Black folks is all I'm gonna say.

  • coaretained

    sup goat!!

    CTFU @ Anna... yeah.. James Brown just got buried what yesterday??

    They need to get their stuff together and have his viewing @ that dayum ranch... my aunt was already on her way to LA for vacation and I need some pics... so they need to get it togetha!!

  • iscream

    @ Coa you were right song was about a groupie.

    All of the jacksons kids minus Latoya and Janet (sideeye) have kids. Jermaine has 10 kids. And the rest have about 3. I believe there are 27 grands in all. Huge family.

    While I am shocked about Diana there was a lot about Micheal we didn't know. He was more normal then the media tried to make him out to be.

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    Shauny Says:

    Do yall know that little girl Kristina DeBarge is the daughter of James DeBarge?
    **

    Yea i did. she was on american idol juniors a loooong time ago

  • coaretained

    I think he used to bang all of them out... again.. maybe wishful thinking... I'm going home and watching captain EO tonight yes maam.

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    @iscream Says:

    While I am shocked about Diana there was a lot about Micheal we didn’t know. He was more normal then the media tried to make him out to be.
    ****

    yea they tried to make it out to be a monster. did anyone see the pictures of MJ spending time with his kids, ive never seen that side of him before, he looked happy

  • Daisy

    @ice didn't Jermaines ex wife marry another brother have kids with him? I remember that being in the news a HOT MESS..lol

  • Anna

    iscream Says:

    @ Coa you were right song was about a groupie.

    All of the jacksons kids minus Latoya and Janet (sideeye) have kids. Jermaine has 10 kids. And the rest have about 3. I believe there are 27 grands in all. Huge family.

    While I am shocked about Diana there was a lot about Micheal we didn’t know. He was more normal then the media tried to make him out to be.
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    Thanks iscream. It was more fun to think the song was about Ms. Ross. Mike was as normal as Mike was going to be. I think he purposely did what he did for shock value. Neverland was just as much for him as it was for the sick kids. Bubbles was cute. I think ppl made up most of the stuff.

  • Shauny

    Who's sons were in the group of 3 boys? Were those Jermaine's kids? And whose wife drowned in the pool. That was those boys mother right? Was it Jermaine or Tito?

    I didn't know MJ was Nicole's godfather either. I wonder did she speak with him on a regular. Can you imagine Mike like Necole quick being out here with the Paris acting a plum fool. Sit yourself down somewhere and I mean it!

    James Brown died on Christmas and got buried on Easter...SMDH That's a damn shame.

  • SunnyPA

    Anna Says:
    Neverland was just as much for him as it was for the sick kids. Bubbles was cute. I think ppl made up most of the stuff.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Where Bubbles now?

  • Anna

    SunnyPA Says:

    Anna Says:
    Neverland was just as much for him as it was for the sick kids. Bubbles was cute. I think ppl made up most of the stuff.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Where Bubbles now?

    ~~~~~~~~~~
    I don't know. When Martha Stewart or Oprah's dogs die it's front page news. What did they do with bubbles.

  • SunnyPA

    Sandra, I just noticed that I didn't get any pop-ups today from your site. I didn't change anything ... thank you if you did.

  • ELove

    @Shauny
    I THINK those were Tito's kids from one of his supposedly two wives that mysteriously died or died by accident... or was it only ONE of his ex-wives (I can't keep up...)

    And Jackie had a female commit suicide over him
    :shrug:

  • SunnyPA

    Anna, I know his other animals went to a wildlife preserve. But they never talked specifically about Bubbles who was MJ's close companion for a while there.

    From the web:
    In March 2005, Bubbles was transported to the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida.

    Bubbles, now about 26 years old, has grown to 170 pounds and lives with five other chimps. The center's website reports the ape does share one trait with his famous owner: "He is extremely gentle with the youngsters, especially infant Stryker. In fact, the baby can often be seen riding around on Bubbles' back."

  • Anna

    Shauny Says:

    Who’s sons were in the group of 3 boys? Were those Jermaine’s kids? And whose wife drowned in the pool. That was those boys mother right? Was it Jermaine or Tito?
    ~~~~~
    Off Topic, do any of you remember a few years ago one of Michael's nieces was interviewing on "The View" and was telling family business. She did say that her uncle divorced his wife and that her other uncle married her. (She named their names.) She would have never got the job as cohost on "The View" but I wish someone would have snatched her up before her family got ahold of her so we could of had the inside scoop of the Jacksons. She would have told us Janet's baby was being raised by Auntie Rebie and Grandpa Joe is so mean we don't like to visit him. LOL.
    ~~~~~~
    I didn’t know MJ was Nicole’s godfather either. I wonder did she speak with him on a regular. Can you imagine Mike like Necole quick being out here with the Paris acting a plum fool. Sit yourself down somewhere and I mean it!
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    I think Nicole had a very hard time in 2005. Her show with Paris was going well and Michael was in yet another accusation trial.

    James Brown died on Christmas and got buried on Easter…SMDH That’s a damn shame.

    ~~~~~~~~
    Maybe they waited that long and on that day to ressurect(sp) him.

  • Daisy

    I still HATE the screaming baby for those who never uploaded pics! I wish Sandra would have picked something else..lol Shoot

  • coaretained

    I thought bubbles was dead and memorialized or something.

  • Anna

    Thanks SunnyPA, Nice to know Bubbles is "paying it forward".

  • SunnyPA

    Anna Says:
    Thanks SunnyPA, Nice to know Bubbles is “paying it forward”.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ROFL

  • coaretained

    I'm trying to find that statement by Marlon Brando' son (was that who it was) that was referenced on another site. can someone confirm his name so I can find it?

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    the one that was his bodyguard? Miko Brando

  • coaretained

    I can't find anything he said.. I feel like an internet dummy today.

  • iscream

    MJ talked about his relationship with Bubbles in his interview. He said he didn't understand why everyone made a big deal when people have dogs as companions. He said after a hard days work he could come home to his animals and they didn't ask for nothing or complain about anything. He also stated that his monkey's helped him clean up his room.

    I think Bubbles may have attacked MJ because he said they can get physical and are strong. The more I hear about MJ and see him I don't understand why they made him out to be a freak.

    The site that makes up stories sometime have photos of him where you can see the discoloration of his skin. He was not lying!

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice
  • coaretained

    Iscream... it was you that mentioned the article I'm looking for...

  • coaretained

    He always looked airbrushed or in the newer versions retouched...

  • iscream

    Me? Miko has been all over CNN maybe you can find it there. I only know he has been friends with Mike for many years. He was the one who put the fire out durning the Pepsi commercial.

    Google Miko Brandels (sp) statement. I did hear he put a statement out haven't read it yet.

  • coaretained

    maybe it wasn't you.. my memory is hawt garbage... someone said his statement about how loving and caring etc MJ was... was curious to read the whole thing.

    *on my way to cnn*

  • kdillon

    I read on Michael's wiki, In the 80's Michael was so lonely he would sit in his room and cry all the time, also he would walk around at night hoping someone would befriend him.
    Michael was that sad and lonely on this earth, people put him in a box and made him stay there. Michael didnt have any real friends, everyone wanted his money or just him because he was famous. This shows just because your fav. star looks happy doesnt mean that, non one knew Michael was on drugs or anything else....
    His body will be buried at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills, I just passed by and media is already camped out there.

  • Anna

    Looks like the pemit did not get issued for a Netherland public memorial. It really does not matter because ppl are going to gather where they want.

  • SunnyPA

    kdillon Says:
    I read on Michael’s wiki, In the 80’s Michael was so lonely he would sit in his room and cry all the time, also he would walk around at night hoping someone would befriend him...
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I think Micheal Jackson romanticized about his death. DON'T get me wrong...Although he had self-destructive ways, I don't believe he was trying to kill himself. Still, it plays into the depression and torment he was feeling.

    A lot of great achievers dealt with the same thing. It's that intensity and commitment they put into their craft.

    It will be years before his estate is settled ... but we can celebrate his music now. And, hopefully, we will get to hear some of his unpublished works soon.

    On that note, I'm committing myself to bed.

  • miamore73

    I live in LA and personally I really hope they don't do a public viewing. Right now they're talking about using the Staples center. I work downtown LA down the street from Staples and man o man what a mess. They city thought the Lakers brought out folks??!!! The Lakers just brought out Lakers fans mostly from So. CAl. Imagine the amount of people coming down here from all over the damn place.

    Michael was a private person I think they should just have a private burial and bury the man all dang on ready. It's been a week today.

    I'm sure the city that Neverland is in wouldn't allow his burial up there. It's a small community and they don't want the traffic that will be associated with having a new Graceland.

  • miamore73

    kdillon don't believe everything you read on Wiki. The information is like a blog anybody can add information to the site.