(CN) – A Los Angeles judge on Monday appointed Michael Jackson’s attorney and a family friend to oversee the late pop icon’s estate. Attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain had been named in the pop star’s 2002 will as the people he wanted to administer his estate.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff backed those wishes after a court hearing Monday morning.
Before the will emerged, Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, had applied to administer her son’s estate. The judge denied her request to be appointed as co-administrator with Branca and McClain.
Jackson died June 25 from an unexpected cardiac arrest, the cause of which is under investigation. His estate is reportedly worth more than $500 million.