Michael Jackson's mother KATHERINE has appealed to a Los Angeles court judge to grant her access to her son's finances so she can provide for her grandchildren.
The pop superstar's kids Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and seven-year-old Prince Michael II, aka Blanket, have been placed in the temporary custody of 79-year-old Katherine Jackson.
But the elderly matriarch claims she is running out of cash to look after the trio because she has no salary of her own.
Lawyers for Katherine joined legal representatives for the singer's estate and headed to a Los Angeles court on Thursday morning (23Jul09) to file a motion for temporary financial allowances.
Attorneys for Jackson's estate say: "We are informed that Mrs. Jackson was also financially dependent upon Michael Jackson and that other than extremely modest social security benefits, Mrs. Jackson has no independent means of support.
"Michael Jackson died four weeks ago. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the Special Administrators to be authorised to pay family allowance for the benefits of Minor Children in order to ensure that the Minor Children's needs for maintenance and support are met."
But Katherine will have to rely on the rest of her family to help provide for her grandchildren's needs until 3 August (09), when the case will be heard in court, reports TMZ.com.
The matter will be discussed during a probate hearing scheduled for the same date.