LOS ANGELES—A judge in Los Angeles has named Michael Jackson's longtime lawyer and a friend as temporary administrators of the pop star's estate.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said he initially appointed 79-year-old Katherine Jackson as special administrator because he believed Michael Jackson had died without leaving a will.
But, a will the King of Pop signed in 2002 resurfaced last week in which he named attorney John Branca and music executive and family friend John McClain as executors. Jackson's former accountant Barry Siegel was also named as an executor, but he resigned from that role in 2003.
Beckloff said he had little choice but to name them executors, pending another hearing set for Aug. 3.
A second will apparently signed by Michael Jackson in 1997 has surfaced, according to an attorney for the singer's mother and a Superior Court spokesman. Details of what is in the will were not immediately known, but the document would only become relevant if the 2002 will is thrown out, officials say.
Attorneys for Katherine Jackson requested a delay at today's probate hearing saying she was still grieving and preparing for a funeral service and memorial tribute.
They also argued that Michael Jackson had cut all ties with Branca after the 2002 will was signed, and naming him an executor of the estate would amount to a conflict of interest.
Beckloff said Jackson had apparently re-established ties with Branca in the weeks before his death.
The family also reportedly wanted the additional time to see if a newer will emerged.
The 2002 will -- filed in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse June 1 -- gives guardianship of Michael Jackson's children to the singer's mother, Katherine Jackson, 79, and leaves all his assets in the Michael Jackson Family Trust Fund.
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The terms of the trust reportedly leaves 40 percent of Jackson's assets to his children, another 40 percent to his mother and the remaining 20 percent to charities working with children.
Jackson's estate is estimated in court filings as being worth more than $500 million.
The singer's financial empire also includes an estimated $400 million in debt.
Jackson's father Joseph isn't mentioned in the will.
Jackson's former wife Deborah Rowe is also not given any inheritance. "I have intentionally omitted to provide for my former wife, Deborah Jean Rowe Jackson," the will states.
Additionally, the will says that if Katherine died before him or couldn't serve as guardian, he nominated Diana Ross.
The will bears Jackson's signature and many paragraphs of the five-page document are initialed "MJ."
Branca and McClain released a statement last week saying, "The most important element of Michael's will is his unwavering desire that his mother, Katherine, become the legal guardian of 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 respect that Michael and his family deserve."