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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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Beastie Boy made a beastly change to his will before death

I came across an interesting article in Forbes the other day about Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys and a change he made to his will before death.  Of course back in ’86 the Beastie Boys hit it BIG with the album Licensed to Ill which remains one of my top 5 favorite albums of […]

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Battle seems off the wall….

I just read yet another article regarding Michael Jackson’s estate. His siblings are still suggesting the will is fake… two years after he died. However, how does that benefit them? If the will is invalid then the estate goes 100% to the kids.  Michael’s money-grubbing siblings never get anything. Makes no sense and just seems […]

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Michael Jackson’s Estate Expresses Concern for Kids

Very informative article in the Sacramento Bee regarding Michael Jackson’s estate expressing concern for the family due to the bitter disputes that are on-going.  What a mess this one is!  Here’s the link.

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Kinkade estate dispute UPDATE

I just read the article on the Sacramento Bee’s website (sacbee.com) about the Thomas Kinkade estate dispute. What a horribly unnecessary waste of legal resources! With just a little bit of estate planning Mr. Kinkade could avoid his legal wife and apparent girlfriend from fighting in Court. Each has to hire at least one attorney […]

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Amy Winehouse died without a will

I just read this interesting article on Forbes.com about British musician Amy Winehouse.  Ms. Winehouse died in July 2011. Her estate is estimated at about $6.7m (in US Dollars) but after the costs of probate and similar fees it is reduced to approximately $4.66m.  Her parents split that money, as next of kin, as they […]

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Whitney Houston’s Will in Probate

It seems that every celebrity that dies has a messed up estate plan or, worse, NO ESTATE PLAN! What’s up with that?  I just saw this great article on Forbes.com about Whitney Houston’s will. I encourage you to read it.  Very sad death and sounds like it will be a sad probate, after death.  Here’s […]

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Estate planning and Tupac Shakur

I just read a great article on Forbes that connects estate planning with the Tupac Shakur concert last week at Cochella.  That is the use of Tupac’s hologram to perform on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop.  If this trend takes off can you imagine the increased royalties for celebs like Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley?  I […]

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