It seems that Michael Jackson has yet to learn one of life's harsh realities, if you make use of lawyers for heaven's sake make sure that you pay them.
Unfortunately, Jackson seems to be oblivious to life and its realities.
Wachtel & Masyr a law firm representing Jackson has parted company with him. They claim that he hasn't paid them.
The parting of the ways has come at rather an awkward moment as they were representing him in a claim for $48M made against Jackson by a financial company, which also claims that it hasn't been paid.
The astute amongst you may notice a pattern here.
Jackson is claiming that he fired the firm.
Attorney William Wachtel has described his trouble communicating with Jackson through a series of representatives. Seemingly Jackson relies on a series of intermediaries, who come and go as rapidly as politicians' promises.
Jackson dropped out of contact with the firm entirely after his only face-to-face meeting with his lawyers in June, at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris.
"Unfortunately, Mr. Jackson has failed to respond to every e-mail and telephone message left for him over the past four weeks."
In a letter from Jackson to the firm, dated July 17, Jackson said that he had fired Wachtel.
"It is with deep regret that I must terminate the services of Wachtel & Masyr, LLP, effective immediately."
Attorneys from the firm of Latham & Watkins quit in November, they were also handling the case, after reporting that their bills weren't being paid and that it was impossible to communicate with Jackson.
U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel has said that he would allow Jackson to reorganise his legal team, the deadline being 5th September. No legal team, then Jackson would have to appear in person.
As already noted, if these allegations are true, seemingly when dealing with Jackson make sure you get the money up front.