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Judge: Joe Jackson Can Review Son's Hospital Records

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By Kamika Dunlap on February 22, 2010 1:00 PM

Joe Jackson may be one step closer to obtaining a monthly stipend from the King of Pop's estate.

According to the Associated Press, a judge has ruled that Joe Jacskon can review receive some hospital records related to his superstar son's death.

Joe Jackson and his attorney Brian Oxman sought the records to know more about how Michael Jackson died and for his quest receive an allowance of more than $15,000 per month from his son's estate.

As previously discussed, Joe Jackson, 80, said that his son helped him with living expenses for years and needs a stipend to cover his monthly expenses.

Michael Jackson will did not name Joe Jackson, and he cannot challenge the handpicked executors, as previously discussed in FindLaw's Law and Daily Life.

Oxman said the medical files also are needed in case Joe Jackson decides to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against whoever is responsible for his son's death.

The judge agreed to turn over the hospital records after he reviews them first. In addition, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled that Joe Jackson could receive records generated on or after June 25 -- the day Michael Jackson died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

His order states a medical expert hired by Joe Jackson can review the files too, but the information must be kept confidential.

As previously discussed, the Michael Jackson estate executors are opposing Joe Jackson's bid for a monthly allowance. They claim it will reduce the estate's assets set aside for Michael Jackson's mother and children, and that Joe Jackson is not entitled to "maintenance expenses" because he was never legally dependent on his son while Michael was alive.