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Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning
Stephen “tWitch” Boss Dies Without a Will

Stephen Laurel Boss, also known as “tWitch,” was an American DJ, hip-hop dancer, choreographer, televisio...

Celebrity Estate Planning
Anne Heche Dies With Conflict Around Her Will, Leaving Her Sons & Estate In Legal Limbo—Part 2

Actress Anne Heche died this August following a tragic car accident, leaving behind two young sons: Homer...

Celebrity Estate Planning
Anne Heche Dies With Conflict Around Her Will, Leaving Her Sons & Estate In Legal Limbo—Part 1

Actress Anne Heche died this August following a tragic car accident in which she plowed her vehicle into ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Family Financial Planning, wills and trusts
A Not-So-Happy Accident: Bob Ross’s Estate Planning Failures —Part 2

As the host of the wildly popular The Joy of Painting TV series on PBS, Bob Ross became a pop-culture ico...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Family Financial Planning, wills and trusts
A Not-So-Happy Accident: Bob Ross’s Estate Planning Failures —Part 1

As the host of the wildly popular The Joy of Painting TV series on PBS, Bob Ross became a pop-culture ico...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Family Financial Planning
Legendary Rapper DMX Dies With No Will, Millions in Debt, and 15 Children—Part 2

Legendary hip hop artist DMX—born Earl Simmons—passed away on April 9 at age 50 after suffering a massive...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Family Financial Planning
Legendary Rapper DMX Dies With No Will, Millions in Debt, and 15 Children—Part 1

Legendary hip hop artist DMX—born Earl Simmons—passed away on April 9 at age 50 after suffering a massive...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Caring for Elderly Parents, Life Planning
Britney Spears’ Conservatorship: The Vital Importance Of Incapacity Planning—Part 2

Since the age of 16, when she burst onto the charts with her debut single, “...Hit Me Baby One More Time,...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Caring for Elderly Parents, Life Planning
Britney Spears’ Conservatorship: The Vital Importance Of Incapacity Planning—Part 1

Since the age of 16, when she burst onto the charts with her debut single, “...Hit Me Baby One More Time,...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues
Aretha Franklin’s Estate Planning Haunts Her Family —Part 2

Nearly three years have passed since Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died from pancreatic ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues
Aretha Franklin’s Estate Planning Haunts Her Family —Part 1

Nearly three years have passed since Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died from pancreatic ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
Larry King’s Death Highlights Importance of Updating Your Estate Plan—Part 2

Legendary TV and radio host, Larry King, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on January 23...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
Larry King’s Death Highlights Importance of Updating Your Estate Plan—Part 1

Legendary TV and radio host, Larry King, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on January 23...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, wills and trusts
Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh Dies Without A Will—Part 2

Last week in part one of this series, we discussed how Tony Hsieh became an Internet pioneer, starting tw...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, wills and trusts
Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh Dies Without A Will—Part 1

On November 27th, nine days after being pulled unconscious from a house fire in a beachfront home in New ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, wills and trusts
Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dies Without A Will—Part 2

On October 15th, nearly two months after the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, his wife, Tayl...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, wills and trusts
Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dies Without A Will—Part 1

On October 15th, nearly two months after the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, his wife, Tayl...

Asset Protection, Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes
What the Netflix Series Tiger King Can Teach You About Asset Protection -Part 3

Anyone who has seen the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness can attest that i...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, wills and trusts
What the Netflix Series Tiger King Can Teach You About Estate Planning-Part 2

Anyone who has seen the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness can attest that i...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues
What the Netflix Series Tiger King Can Teach You About Estate Planning-Part 1

Anyone who has seen the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness can attest that i...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
A Tragic Oversight: Kobe Bryant’s Youngest Mistakenly Left Out of Family Trust

In January, we reported how the deaths of NBA legend Kobe Bryant (Kobe) and his 13-year-old daughter, Gia...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Life Planning, Estate Planning
Kobe Bryant's Death Highlights Need for Estate Planning

As you no doubt already know, on January 26, 2020, basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopt...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Kids Protection Planning
Who Will Be Emani’s Legal Guardian After the Death of Her Dad?

In the aftermath of rapper Nipsey Hussle’s murder this March, his family and ex-girlfriend have been lock...

Asset Protection, Celebrity Estate Planning, Awakened Parenting, wills and trusts
Lifetime Asset Protection Trusts Can Protect Your Family From Wealth's Dark Side

When you create your estate plan, the idea that one of your adult children would ever use their inheritan...

Celebrity Estate Planning, wills and trusts, Blended Family Issues
Tom Petty's Daughters and Widow Locked In Bitter Battle Over His Estate

This week Tom Petty’s daughters escalated the battle over their late father’s estate by filing a lawsuit ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Life Planning, Estate Planning
Luke Perry’s Death Demonstrates the Importance of Planning for Incapacity

In late February, Luke Perry, who became famous starring in the 1990s TV series Beverly Hills 90210, suff...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Kids Protection Planning, Awakened Parenting
One Instance Where ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Might Be A Good Idea

You might not be a big fan of their typical life choices, but the Kardashians recently demonstrated impre...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Aretha Franklin Dies Without a Will

Aretha Franklin, heralded as the “Queen of Soul,” died from pancreatic cancer at age 76 on August 16th at...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues
Thicke’s Estate Shows Importance of Properly Drafted and Updated Estate Plans

In the 1980s, the late actor Alan Thicke played the wise-but-hip father figure and psychiatrist Dr. Jason...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Estate Planning Best Practices Gleaned From Famous Celebrity Deaths

Discussing death can be awkward, and many people would prefer just to ignore estate planning all together...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Family Financial Planning, Estate Planning
The Ten Richest Families in America and Their Rise to Riches

Self-made millionaires are not uncommon in the dotcom era, but their fortunes pale in comparison to those...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Planning Pays Off: An Illustrative Look at Carrie Fisher’s Semi-Failed Estate Plan

Whether your estate is modest or movie star worthy, the value of a good estate plan, properly handled, ca...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Save Money On Your Taxes, Estate Planning
Tax Lessons to be Learned from Celebrity Estate Plans

A celebrity's image and likeness can continue to produce considerable income after death. This type of in...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Life Planning, Estate Planning
Facing Grief After the Death of a Loved One Can Be the Key to a Life of Health and Wholeness

If you have ever met someone who repeatedly sabotaged their life or seemed to have a hard time moving thi...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Kids Protection Planning, wills and trusts
Leaving Without a Plan: Prince Didn't Leave a Will & Here's Why You Should

Even after death, celebrities are highly publicized for their mistakes, many of which we make ourselves. ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Caring for Elderly Parents, Planning for Seniors
Even Celebrities Like Queen Latifah Act as Caregivers for Their Aging Parents

We may not think about it often, but even celebrities take care of their aging parents. Actress, singer, ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Kids Protection Planning, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Kelly Clarkson Starts Blended Family: What She Needs to Consider

Starting a new family is always exciting and even a tad scary. This natural apprehension can be enhanced ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Recent Superstar Death Brings Estate Planning to the Forefront of Discussion

The untimely death of superstar Prince has brought a surprising issue to American living rooms: estate pl...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, wills and trusts, Estate Planning
What You Can Learn From the Estate Planning Mistakes of Others

There is much to be learned from the mistakes of others and the celebrity world abounds with cautionary t...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Caring for Elderly Parents, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, wills and trusts
Protecting Our Family When It Matters Most

A drama currently playing out in a French courtroom demonstrates that any elderly person can fall victim ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Robin Williams’ Family Fight Over Personal Property Not So Funny

Robin Williams’ wife Susan has gone to court over personal items she says were taken from the couple’s Ti...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
No One Feeling Good About Continuing Battle Over James Brown Estate

James Brown was known for his signature song, “I Feel Good,” but no one is feeling good about the battle ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
“And the Estate Planning Oscar Goes To...” Lessons on Film About Family

The film “Black Heirlooms” has not received any Oscar nominations. It was made by 32-year-old Amanda Brow...

Asset Protection, Celebrity Estate Planning, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, wills and trusts, Estate Planning
Joan Rivers Has Last Laugh Through Use of a Family Trust

Famous comedienne, Joan Rivers, who died unexpectedly on September 4, 2014, from what is alleged to be a ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall Leaves Large Estate and Two Potentially Large Headaches for Heirs

Legendary Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall died on August 12, 2014, leaving behind an estate estimated at ...

Asset Protection, Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Robin Williams: A Lesson in Deeds, Not Words + One Error in Planning

One of the most eloquent responses to Robin Williams’ death came from his best friend Billy Crystal, who ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Casey Kasem’s Estate Planning Not in Anyone’s Top 40

Casey Kasem, the celebrity radio host who counted down America’s Top 40 popular songs for years, died on ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Caring for Elderly Parents, Life Planning, Planning for Seniors, wills and trusts, Estate Planning
Legal Steps to Take When Facing a Dementia Diagnosis

Maria Shriver knows the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease firsthand. Her beloved father Sargent Shriver,...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Awakened Parenting, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, wills and trusts, Estate Planning
Will the Inheritance You Leave Be a Blessing or an Albatross?

Rock musician Sting recently announced that his children will not inherit his estimated $300 million fort...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Law and Disorder: The Jerry Orbach Estate Battle

Jerry Orbach, who starred as Detective Lennie Briscoe in the popular “Law and Order” television series, d...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
Another Actor’s Estate Plan Screwed Up By His Lawyer

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will has been filed for probate and provides a cautionary ta...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, wills and trusts, Estate Planning
5 Fast & Furious Estate Planning Lessons from Paul Walker’s Estate

Paul Walker, who starred in the Fast & Furious movie franchise, died tragically in a high speed car a...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Estate Planning
What You Can Learn From Three-Time NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s Will About Your Estate Planning

Three-time New York City Mayor Ed Koch died on Feb. 1, leaving an estate estimated between $10-$11 millio...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Kids Protection Planning, Estate Planning
What We Can Learn From Downton Abbey About Estate Planning

Downton Abbey – the PBS drama about the fortunes and misfortunes of an aristocratic British family in the...

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