The singer's family hopes to hold memorial for fans on Friday at Michael's ranch in California

By People Staff
Updated June 30, 2009 02:10 PM
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Fans of Michael Jackson may get a chance to take part in laying the superstar to rest.

According to a lawyer who works for the family, Brian Oxman, the Jacksons are looking into the possiblity of having a memorial service for the late singer at his Neverland ranch near Santa Barbara.

“They want something, but logistical problems are enormous,” Oxman said of the family’s hopes to have a public memorial on Friday, followed by a private funeral on Sunday. The lawyer stressed that it was “premature” to say whether the services can actually be held at the ranch.

Citing the Santa Barbara’s Sherriff Department, E! Online earlier reported that plans were already underway to accommodate large crowds at the estate.

“Our guys are meeting as we speak with the California Highway Patrol to discuss the security issues,” said Lt. Butch Arnoldi, a department spokesman, according to the Web site.

But Oxman was far from certain: “It could happen in Neverland or L.A.,” he said. “The family will make an announcement.”

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