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Joe Jackson is denied any Control in Late Son's Estate

When Michael Jackson passed away in June 2009 following complications with the medication he had been prescribed, the coming estate battle must have been clear to those close to him. In his will, the entertainer left almost everything to his mother, while completely leaving his father, the embattled Joe Jackson, out of line for any piece of the Jackson estate.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Joe Jackson contested his exclusion from his son's will. He filed an appeal in court, claiming that he had a parental right to take part in the distribution of Michael's estate. Specifically, as reported in Times Live, Jackson claimed that all fathers should have a "say-so in their child's estate."

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal thought otherwise and denied the elder Jackson's appeal.

The situation makes a good case for the importance of explicit inclusions and exclusions in estate plans. While most wills are created with the purpose of providing for specific loved ones or charities, they can also be used to draw a definite line on who is not to be included in the estate.

In this case, Joe Jackson isn't giving up. Accusing Michael's will executors of fabrication, Jackson will likely appeal the ruling.

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