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Aretha is still in the news….

What a week in America with John McCain and Aretha Franklin’s funerals being must-see TV on seemingly every channel.  Yesterday I was presented with yet another article about Aretha Franklin’s lack of estate planning. Here’s a link. The question is what would her probate and estate look like had she died in California with no […]

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Aretha Franklin died with no estate plan

I can’t get no respect, no respect I say…. Oh wait, I have my celebrities and their lines on respect wrong but we have yet ANOTHER celeb dying without a proper estate plan in place. Here’s a good article on CNBC about Aretha’s lack of planning. With an $80m estimated net worth the costs of […]

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Coach Dean Smith leaves a small legacy… what will you do?

As an estate planning attorney I help clients plan the legacy they will leave. Often it’s simple such as “I leave everything to my children….”  Other times it’s a gift to an old friend, a church, or other charitable organization.  I just read an interesting article, on ESPN.com, about the former University of North Carolina […]

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Could Donald Sterling use a blind trust?

Donald Sterling has a pretty large net worth.  I don’t know if it’s $2 billion or $3 billion or what exactly it is.  I think most of us estate planning attorneys would call him “high net worth.”  I certainly don’t have any billionaire clients at this time.  Anyway, he is probably busily working with a […]

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Michael Jackson’s estate valuation tax fight with IRS

I read about the Michael Jackson tax dispute with the IRS on a legit website but figured I would get better dirt on TMV so here’s the link to that article.  Most of my readers understand that when a wealthy person dies their estate may have to pay an “estate tax” which is basically a […]

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Paul Walker’s Probate Estate

It appears another celeb has died without a proper estate plan in place. He made a ton of money on the Fast and Furious movies and apparently led his life fast and furious! Here’s a link to a good article about this sad situation.

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Thomas Kinkade Estate Dispute Settled

It’s amazing how poorly planned many celebs are. Thomas Kinkade’s estate debacle was yet another in a long line of messed up celebrity estates. The Sacramento Bee has reported that it has been settled privately. Here is a link to the article.

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“Mr. Jefferson” in Court

Sherman Hemsley is deceased… and just like the Jefferson re-runs will go on forever… his probate case may also.  This is an interesting one and it clearly underscores the importance of a really good estate plan. Mr. Jefferson was a very successful businessman on the Jeffersons. My recollection is he made his money in the […]

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Michael Jackson’s estate in the news

It seems that Katherine Jackson has a team of attorneys working on her behalf as Executor of the estate of her late son, Michael.  The latest has to do with possibly wrongful use of the pop star’s copyrights after death by Howard Mann. I will paste the link to the article on Sacbee.com below. As […]

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One lone Beastie I be….

I find celebrity estates interesting because they often mess things up much worse than us mere mortals. However, it also is a good reminder that they are humans too! I wrote recently about Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys and his handwritten changes to his will.  Other celebrities have left similar, or worse, handwritten wills. […]

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