Category Archives: Estate Planning

Does the Death of Robin Williams Signal the Death of His Celebrity Rights?

Mark A. Pearson, ARC Law Group, San Francisco Williams’ kids and wife continue the fight in San Francisco Superior Court In life, the late Robin Williams was incredibly protective over…

Estate Planning Tip: Don’t Make Bill Graham’s Mistake

John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group In 1991, legendary rock concert promoter Bill Graham perished in a Northern California helicopter crash at the age of 60. Graham’s will named his longtime…

Estate Planning: Three Lessons From Dead Celebrities

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group In 2011, pop diva Amy Winehouse joined the list of musicians who died at 27, which includes rock icons Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison….

Bobbi Kristina Brown: How Her Tragedy Would Play Out In California

Mercy Hall and Adam Lazar, Myers Urbatsch Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has been in a medically-induced coma since January 31, 2015,…

If You Are A Spendthrift (Trust), Go To Hawaii

Reno F.R. Fernandez III A valid spendthrift trust is entitled to certain protections in bankruptcy, especially in Hawaii. In In re Zukerkorn, 500 B.R. 598 (9th Cir. BAP 2013), the…

Protect Your Estate by Properly Funding Sub-Trusts

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group In the complex world of estate law, even a seemingly small oversight can cost your beneficiaries big money. As the successor trustee of his…

Estate Planning: Lawyer Regrets Divorcing Without Inheritance Agreement for Kids

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group Divorce is difficult, and even successful lawyers sometimes jeopardize their children’s inheritance by failing to make adequate agreements about it as a part of…

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group Princess Diana The estate of Princess Diana was not handled with the same grace, dignity and class that she exuded in life. Diana left…

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

Frank Sinatra Planned Well Frank Sinatra died in 1993. A corporation he controlled owned his most valuable asset — the right to his name and likeness. He was well aware of the bitterness between…

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

John O‘Grady, O’Grady Law Group Whitney Houston: The Burden of Inheritance Whitney Houston’s mother and sister-in-law recently filed a petition to change the terms of Houston’s will, which was last updated nearly 20…