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Prince’s estate wants to trademark purple, the colour synonymous with the late pop singer

NEWS:  “One of Prince’s many nicknames was The Purple One. It was reportedly his favourite colour, and after the success of Purple Rain its use defined his image and his legacy. Now, it is set to do so in perpetuity, as the late singer’s estate looks to claim ownership over the use of “the colour purple” in films and live and recorded music. Paisley Park Enterprises, his company, filed an application earlier this month with the US Patent and Trademark Office to do just that.

By |2018-11-06T10:39:19-08:00November 7th, 2018|

Disney World, Disneyland custodians claim parks are popular spots to scatter ashes

FOX:  “Walt Disney World and Disneyland have allegedly been outed as one of the most popular places for families to scatter their loved one’s ashesAccording to The Wall Street Journal, custodians at the famous theme parks are claiming that not only do guests bring their family’s ashes to scatter – they do so often enough to prompt a special code word for it: HEPA cleanup, referring to an ultrafine vacuum cleaner.”

By |2018-10-29T14:35:59-07:00October 31st, 2018|

Bride-to-be wants dead mother’s hair featured on dream wedding dress: report

Fox: A bride-to-be in England is having a difficult time finding a dressmaker willing to create her dream wedding dress that she’d like to be festooned with locks of her dead mother’s hair, reports said. The woman made a sketch of the floor-length ball gown and requested that “the bodice around the midsection of the dress to have a lacy, floral design made with the hair.”

By |2018-10-29T14:11:21-07:00October 30th, 2018|

Chinese woman kills herself and children after husband ‘fakes death’

BBC: A man in China whose wife killed herself and their two children after he allegedly faked his own death for an insurance payout has given himself up to police. The 34-year-old was presumed dead after a car he borrowed was found in a river, though his body was never recovered. He did not tell his wife his alleged plan and she believed he had died. She drowned herself and their children three weeks later, after posting a suicide note online. The man, who police said was surnamed He, turned himself in to police in Xinhua county in Hunan province last Friday.”

By |2018-10-23T15:39:24-07:00October 26th, 2018|

Murdoch children may get up to $2bn each in 21st Century Fox sale

The Guardian:  “Rupert Murdoch’s six children could each receive as much as $2bn (£1.5bn) from the sale of his 21st Century Fox global entertainment empire to Disney. Murdoch is in the final stages of completing the $71.3bn sale of 21st Century Fox, which includes the Hollywood studio behind hits from Deadpool to X-Men and a 39% stake in Sky. The family trust, which the 87-year old Murdoch controls, owns a 17% stake in Fox worth a little over $12bn. The beneficiaries of the trust, in which Murdoch has no financial interest, are his children Prudence, James, Lachlan and Elisabeth. Grace and Chloe, his daughters with his former wife Wendi Deng Murdoch, whom he divorced five years ago, are also beneficiaries but have no voting interest in it.”

By |2018-10-23T15:33:28-07:00October 25th, 2018|

Paul Allen’s $26 Billion Estate Will Take Years To Unravel

Financial Advisor:  “Paul Allen’s family office will live long and prosper. The billionaire’s vast holdings at Vulcan Inc. — with real estate, art, sports teams and venture capital stakes — would take years to unravel, if that’s even what he wanted. Allen, who died Monday, had no spouse or children to divide his empire. But there are many others with interests at stake, including family, staff and charities, as well as potential investors eager to snap up pieces.”

By |2018-10-23T15:30:56-07:00October 24th, 2018|

A Teen Allegedly Baked Her Grandfather’s Ashes Into Cookies and Served Them to Her Classmates

Time Magazine:  “A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather’s ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said Wednesday. The student and a friend baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school near Sacramento on Oct. 4, said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov. He said the Da Vinci Charter Academy students told some of their classmates that the cookies contained human ashes.”

By |2018-10-23T15:26:13-07:00October 23rd, 2018|

Do Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank Have A Prenup? The Answer Is Pretty Surprising

Elite Daily:  “The upcoming royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank has the whole world talking, and it’s for good reason. Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank are fairly low key and lead relatively normal lives compared to their fellow royal family members, which makes their love story surprisingly relatable. However, because they’re such a low-key couple, there are tons of unanswered questions about their Oct. 12 wedding. For instance, do Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have a prenup? It’s not a totally off-base question, but it’s also sort of complicated. The soon-to-be married couple has been together seven years, but with the royal family, nothing is off the table. (Except bright nail polish, of course.) The thing is, the royal family is high-profile on a worldwide scale. They’re basically like the Kardashians, but British and with crowns, titles, and dress codes. Marrying into the fam is a pretty big deal, and just like celebrities sign prenuptial arrangements, you might expect the royal family to follow suit. But surprisingly, that’s not the case.”

By |2018-10-15T13:41:14-07:00October 16th, 2018|

Buffalo Bills fan takes jab from the grave, requests six players as pallbearers so they ‘can let him down one last time’

FOX:  “A devout Buffalo Bills fan took one final dig at his team, requesting six players as pallbearers in his obituary this week, so that “they can let him down one last time.” Lee Merkel, 83, died on Sunday at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the native New Yorker and lifelong season ticketholder wanted to ensure he got the final laugh.”

By |2018-10-15T11:24:18-07:00October 15th, 2018|

What Can Fred Trump’s Estate Teach Us?

Wealth Management:  “The president’s propensity for fudging the numbers runs in the family. That’s the main takeaway from The New York Times’ exhaustive look Tuesday at the myriad of methods that the president’s father, Fred Trump, used to minimize taxes while transferring his wealth—$413 million—to his children. What’s interesting is just how permissive the gift and estate tax regime is to those willing to fudge the truth, sometimes brazenly.”

By |2018-10-08T14:13:12-07:00October 11th, 2018|

American couple lose appeal to keep Pissarro painting looted by Nazis

The Telegraph:  “An American couple have lost their bid to win back a painting by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro, as a French court confirmed it must be handed to the family of the Jewish collector it was looted from during the Second World War. Wealthy art collectors Bruce and Robbi Toll had launched an appeal after a court ruled in November that the painting belonged by rights to the descendants of Simon Bauer, a Jewish businessman disappropriated by the Nazis in 1943. The Tolls insisted they had no idea the painting, “La Cueillette” (“Picking Peas”), had been looted when they bought it at Christie’s in New York in 1995 for $800,000 (£616,000). But the Paris appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the original court decision stood, in a move hailed by the Bauer family.”

By |2018-10-08T13:57:02-07:00October 9th, 2018|

Don’t forget about digital assets in your estate plan

The Globe and Mail:  “If only half of Canadians have a will and only about a third of them are up-to-date, according to a recent poll, it’s likely even fewer Canadians have accounted for the growing number of digital assets in their estate plans. Many Canadians have trouble keeping track of all of their online assets – which includes everything from cryptocurrencies to eBay and PayPal accounts to loyalty reward programs and social-media sites – let alone figuring out how to distribute them among their beneficiaries when they die. Wealth-management experts warn that overlooking digital assets in estate planning can create huge headaches down the road for executors, powers of attorney and beneficiaries, especially given Canadians’ expanding digital footprints.”

By |2018-10-01T14:15:51-07:00October 4th, 2018|

Navy veteran, 66, with terminal cancer holds yard sales to raise money for funeral

Fox:  “A 66-year-old U.S. Navy veteran dying from cancer has been selling his possessions at weekend yard sales to raise money for his own funeral, reports said Wednesday. Willie Davis, of Cambria County, Pa., was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma. He plans to raise enough cash to be buried next to his parents in Culpepper, Va., according to his GoFundMe page. The page was created by two men, David Dunkleberger and his friend, Ed Sheets, after visiting Davis’ yard sale in Brownstown, Pa., in August. When they asked whose funeral Davis was financing, he replied: “Mine.”

By |2018-10-01T11:36:27-07:00October 2nd, 2018|

What ‘Succession’ And Sumner Redstone Can Teach Us About Planning Ahead For Senior Care

Forbes:  “Many of us have read the titillating and tragic story of Sumner Redstone, the former executive chairman of Viacom, and the litigious financial power struggle that has embroiled his family. Redstone’s story was a key influence on the HBO hit series Succession, which involves a lot of money, a pugnacious media mogul, a conniving lover, and children trying to wrest control of the family fortune from a sordid mess. Most of us won’t need to worry about a multi-billion-dollar empire, and our family struggles may appear mundane by comparison. But disagreements over money can and often do prevent families from making the right choices about care.”

By |2018-10-01T11:18:07-07:00October 1st, 2018|

Man charged with killing wife at sea sought to inherit her estate, prosecutor says

Fox:  “A British man murdered his wife and deliberately sank the couple’s catamaran near the Bahamas in a bid to inherit her estate, prosecutors said last week. Lewis Bennett, 41, was charged with second-degree murder on the high seas in the May 2017 disappearance of Isabella Hellmann, 41, of Delray Beach, Florida, in February. Bennett and his wife were on a delayed honeymoon to St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Cuba.”

By |2018-09-24T14:58:52-07:00September 28th, 2018|

Tom Clancy’s Maryland Estate Hits Market for $6.2M

Barrons:  “The 537-acre Maryland estate of the late American novelist Tom Clancy has come on the market for US$6.2 million. The author of bestsellers like Clear and Present DangerPatriot Games, and The Hunt for Red October owned the sprawling property about 45 miles south of Washington, D.C., for decades until his death in 2013 at age 66. It includes acres of woods, private beach on Chesapeake Bay and a three-story custom home with a number of amenities suited to a spy fiction writer. The 17,000-square-foot main house has an underground, two-lane shooting range, which “offers an opportunity to practice your marksmanship in complete privacy,” according to listing agent Angel Stevens of Cummings & Co. Realtors.”

By |2018-09-24T14:50:07-07:00September 27th, 2018|

‘Carol Burnett’ star Tim Conway recovers from brain surgery as family battle over comic’s fate rages on

Fox:  “Tim Conway is recovering from brain surgery as his daughter and second wife fight in court over his care, Fox News learned Monday. The “Carol Burnett Show” star’s daughter, Kelly Conway, revealed that a Los Angeles court has decided a permanent conservatorship of the actor will be appointed in November. Kelly and her stepmother Charlene Conway each want sole conservatorship over the 84-year-old, who is suffering from dementia.“My brothers and I would like to thank the overwhelming support for my dad from fans all over the world that are contacting me via phone, email and social media,” Kelly told Fox News in a statement. “It lifts my brothers and me”

By |2018-09-24T14:43:08-07:00September 26th, 2018|

Burt Reynolds Left His Only Son Out of His Will and Created a Trust for Him Instead

People:  “Screen legend Burt Reynolds left his only son out of his will — but did not cut him out. The will, which was obtained by TMZ, says of Quinton, “I intentionally omit him from this, my Last Will and Testament, as I have provided for him during my lifetime in my Declaration of Trust.” The will, which was signed in 2011, appoints Reynolds’ niece Nancy Lee Brown Hess as the personal representative of Reynolds’ estate. Reynolds lists his great nephew Brian Ritchey Brown and then his great niece Tracy Erin Rogers as the next personal representative were anything to happen to the previous one.”

By |2018-09-24T12:10:35-07:00September 24th, 2018|

Article on Social Media Abuse in Long-Term Care Facilities: Why the Law is Failing to Protect Elderly Residents and How States Should Address It

Wills Trusts & Estate Prof Blog:  “In March 2016, state health officials in Iowa received a report that a certified nursing assistant for a long-term care facility shared an indecent photo of an elderly resident on Snapchat–with six of the nursing assistant’s colleagues. The photo displayed the resident with his pants around his ankles, and his legs and hands covered in feces. Yet, the most disturbing part of the official’s investigation was that the nursing assistant’s actions were not against the law. Even though the elderly resident had dementia, and the humiliating photo was shared with a larger audience on social media, the state could not punish the nursing assistant criminally. The Iowa law intended to protect elderly adults from abuse in long-term care facilities had not been updated since 2008–before social media use exploded and mobile applications became available.

By |2018-09-04T12:48:44-07:00September 7th, 2018|

Aretha’s Lack of a Will Could Make Things Rocky for Heirs

Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog: Estate law experts expressed surprise but not shock that a wealthy person like Aretha Franklin would put off making a will until it was too late. Laura Zwicker, an attorney who specializes in estate planning but is not affiliated with the Franklin estate, says she sees it happen far too often. “People don’t like to face their own mortality.

By |2018-09-04T12:15:30-07:00September 4th, 2018|

“Que Je T’Aime”: L’affaire d’heritage de Johnny Hallyday

The National Law Review:  “As a battle rages on in Nanterre, west of Paris, over the estate of Johnny Hallyday, who is best known as the “French Elvis”, and spills out across the pages of the tabloid press in France, we offer a view from Hallyday’s adopted home, Los Angeles, California. It is, after all, the central question of this affair whether a will and trust executed in California under California law, which was intended to dispose of assets that include Hallyday’s properties in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, will be respected or tossed aside as a violation of French forced-heirship laws. The saga of the Hallyday case is a cautionary tale for French nationals who reside outside of France or who have property or assets outside of France, or for foreigners who may be considered domiciliaries of France (or other nations with inheritance laws that differ from France), as well as for members of their families whose inheritance may be caught in between.”

By |2018-08-27T10:39:31-07:00August 31st, 2018|

Aretha Franklin Died Without a Will

WealthManagement.com:  “Deeply private in life, Aretha Franklin’s estate will be laid bare for all to see, as according to court documents, she died without having a will or trust in place. Documents filed by her four sons in Oakland County Probate Court on Tuesday acknowledged the absence of a will and named themselves as parties interested in her estate. The relevant clause reads: “The decedent died intestate and after exercising reasonable diligence, I am unaware of any unrevoked testamentary instrument relating to property located in this state….” Additionally, Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, asked to be appointed as the estate’s personal representative. There’s no indication that any of the parties are in conflict and, at least for the moment, the family seems to be on the same page, which is vital when potentially large estates (Franklin’s exact net worth is unknown, but it’s estimated at roughly $80 million and includes the rights to a number of her hit songs) pass through intestacy.

By |2018-08-27T10:32:07-07:00August 30th, 2018|

WealthManagement.com:  “The current swelling of demand for investment art has caused a sharp increase in legal proceedings over questions of authenticity and provenance. The rise of social media has had a disruptive effect on art marketing. The internet has emerged as a marketplace in which artists can display their work, dealers can market them and buyers can discover them. This has increased the exposure of taxable estates and heirs to sophisticated counterfeiters. This problem has harshly exposed the difficulties inherent in conducting suitable due diligence in such an opaque and unregulated market. Luckily,  there are new evolving technologies of which professionals should be aware, as well as the new standards of practice used to employ them.”

By |2018-08-27T10:27:26-07:00August 29th, 2018|

Harper Lee Estate Sues Broadway Adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird

At Your Bequest:  “One of this year’s most anticipated Broadway productions was at risk of being shuttered before it ever opened because of a fierce dispute between producers and the estate of the book’s author on which the play is based. A representative of the estate of Harper Lee, the reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, sued producer Scott Rudin and his production company, Rudinplay Inc., alleging that the stage adaptation authored by Aaron Sorkin violated the licensing agreement Lee signed prior to her death in February 2016.

By |2018-08-27T10:20:15-07:00August 28th, 2018|

Sen. John McCain to lie in state. Here’s What That Means

CNN:  “Sen. John McCain, whose more than three-decade career in the Senate irreversibly impacted the tenor of Washington, will lie in state in the US Capitol this week, an honor given to few statesmen. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime ally of McCain, said that the decision came “in coordination with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.”

By |2018-08-27T10:13:39-07:00August 27th, 2018|

Aretha Franklin had NO will: Singer did not outline plans for her $80million estate before her tragic death

Daily Mail:  “Aretha Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit after a long battle with pancreatic cancer last Thursday. And while the Queen Of Soul had been struggling with health for some time, the iconic star did not leave behind a will, according to reports from TMZ. The Respect singer’s estate is estimated to be worth around an $80million, according to People.

By |2018-08-22T10:24:09-07:00August 22nd, 2018|

Man accused of killing family wants his trust fund

The Washington Post:  “A Vermont man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather and his mother to collect inheritance money asked a Connecticut probate judge Tuesday to allow him immediate access to $150,000 in a family trust so he can pay for legal expenses. Nathan Carman also requested that his aunt, Valerie Santilli, be removed as trustee of the Nathan Carman Family Trust, a fund that was set up for him by his grandfather in 2011 and is worth about $270,000 today, according to court documents. Judge Owen Eagan set a full hearing date of Sept. 6 and gave Carman, who is representing himself, and Santilli’s lawyers time to question witnesses and exchange documents.”

By |2018-08-13T11:18:28-07:00August 16th, 2018|

Vinnie Paul Leaves Most Of His Estate To His Best Friend And His Longtime Girlfriend

Blabbermouth.net:  “According to TMZ, Vinnie Paul Abbott left the bulk of his estate to to his best friend and longtime girlfriend. TMZ obtained the document which outlines exactly how his estate should be divided following his sudden death last month, and Vinnie’s friend Charles Jones will get 38% while the drummer’s girlfriend, Chelsey Yeager, will walk away with 37%. The rest is split between Vinnie’s tour manager (10%), drum tech (5%), producer (5%) and friend (5%). In addition, Vinnie is giving his interest in his brother and PANTERA co-founder “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s estate to Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney. The PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer was buried on June 30 next to his brother and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas.”

By |2018-08-06T16:32:09-07:00August 10th, 2018|

Prince’s Estate Files Lawsuit Over Cybersquatting of Prince.com

ABA Journal:  “The estate of the late recording artist and actor Prince is suing an Englewood, New Jersey-based domain broker for cybersquatting the prince.com website. Filed last Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the suit alleges that Domain Capital is infringing on the estate’s “PRINCE” trademark by owning the domain.”

By |2018-08-06T14:55:20-07:00August 7th, 2018|

Son claims his wealthy, reclusive and ill elderly father was pressured into leaving millions to a boarding school prior to freezing to death in his $10M New York City townhouse

Daily Mail:  “A court battle is underway over a wealthy and reclusive man’s estate after it was revealed that he left the bulk of his millions to the boarding school he went to as a teen. Peter Knoll, 75, was found dead in his multimillion-dollar Upper East Side, New York City townhouse on January 8, after having died several days prior. A medical examiner declared that he had frozen to death and it was later revealed that he had been living without gas hooked up in his home since 2014. According to the executor of his estate, Peter’s 2017 will declared that each of his three children would receive just $50,000, while his grandchildren were allotted $100,000. Select friends and acquaintances were to receive anywhere from $5,000 to $500,000. “

By |2018-07-30T14:09:16-07:00August 2nd, 2018|
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