The Jackson family is ready to object to Michael’s will.

Katherine Jackson has filed a motion (see attachedpicture 24 210x300 Jackson Family Makes First Move On Michaels Money) with the court that’s considered a first step’a test, if you will’to see if there’s a way to change Michael’s will.

The document asks the court if it’s possible to undo a “no contest” clause in the will’s unpublished trust amendments. In essence, Mrs. Jackson is trying to get a foot in the door or a seat at the table along with the executors Michael chose’John Branca and John McClain.

What the court could not know, as I’ve been told by family insiders, is that this is the work of Joseph Jackson and business partner Leonard Rowe. Sources say they are using Mrs. Jackson as a stalking horse to gain some say in how Michael’s money is spent.

The document doesn’t look too sound, though. For one thing, it opens with a prevarication: that Mrs. Jackson filed to be in charge of Michael’s estate on June 29th because they thought there was no will, and that he had died in “testate.”

But this column reported three days earlier that Michael’s longtime attorney, John Branca, had a will and would present it to the court. Branca was away on vacation and didn’t get back until the 29th. Sources say he showed the Jacksons the will that afternoon, then filed it with the court.

The Jacksons simply ignored the will’s existence when they filed that morning. Mrs. Jackson’s attorney is now calling Michael’s will “the purported will.” But the July 7, 2002 will signed by Michael Jackson is indeed his will. And no willing it away will change that.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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