Sunday, November 08, 2009

Michael Jackson father seeks monthly allowance

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Michael Jackson's father is seeking money from his late son's estate to help him meet monthly living expenses estimated at more than 15,000 dollars, court papers filed in Los Angeles have revealed.

A motion filed on behalf of Joe Jackson on Friday argued that the administrators of the pop star's estate should have set up an allowance similar to the one established for the singer's mother Katherine.

The papers argued that the administrators, John Branca and John McClain, knew that Michael Jackson had financially supported his father for decades.

Joe Jackson, 81, receives 1,700 dollars a month in Social Security payments, according to the documents. He has diabetes and had a stroke in 1998.

A proposed monthly budget in the court papers lists more than 15,000 dollars in expenses, including 1,500 dollars for rent, 2,500 dollars for restaurants and 5,000 dollars for hotels and air travel.

"This court should exercise its sound discretion to award Mr. Jackson a family allowance because Michael Jackson actually supported him during his lifetime and he does not have other sources for support," the papers state.

A lawyer for Branca and McClain told the Los Angeles Times they were aware of Joe Jackson's bid for money.

"It was quite surprising to learn of the request. Mr. Jackson's petition will be considered as are all requests for money from Michael's estate," lawyer Howard Weitzman told the paper.

Judge Mitchell Beckloff previously approved nearly 30,000 dollars in payments to Katherine Jackson each month and another 60,000-dollar monthly payment for the care of the singer's three children.

Katherine Jackson lives in Los Angeles and Joe Jackson resides in Las Vegas. Michael Jackson had a difficult relationship with his father, who he accused of physically abusing him and his brothers during the early years of their career.

Joe Jackson was left out of Jackson's 2002 will which divided his multi-million-dollar estate.

Michael Jackson, 50, died from a prescription drug overdose on June 25. A criminal investigation into his death is continuing.

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