This & That: The B&G Blog
Welcome to our blog and the portal to our newsletter articles. To the right, you can view past articles and blog posts by category, and below, we share some of the latest news and views from around the web and within the firm. Please note that the information provided is meant for informational purposes and is in no way a replacement for professional legal, tax, or therapeutic advice.
New Parents Need Wills to Name Guardians
Wills are known to pass on your property when you die, but they have an additional special role for parents with minor children. It’s where you name guardians for your kids, if you die before they reach the age of majority. It’s rare, but if it happens, you probably want a say.
Don’t Mess With Your Step-Sister’s Movie Plans
John Steinbeck’s daughter won that trial involving her step-brother (and his wife) disrupting her plans for Steinbeck movies and such. $13 million in damages.
Hey Ladies Out There, You Need to Plan
Women live longer than men, and women also can find themselves suddenly single by divorce or, in practical terms, incapacity of a partner. Have most thought about what that might look like and what they might have to do? This article says no.
Superstar Estates Keep Moving Along
The heirs to Prince’s estate have been finalized, after several appeals of unfavorable rulings were denied. In other superstar estate news, Michael Jackson’s estate is partnering with director John Landis for a 3-D Thriller and more.
Have Pets? Include Them in Your Planning
Pets are tangible personal property, and it’s important to leave specific instructions (and maybe money) for their care at your incapacity or death. Here are some tips on what “to do” and “not to do”.
Index Assesses How Good We Are at Aging
A new international index is tracking how countries are handling aging. Of the 18 that got comprehensive scores, the United States was No. 3, behind Norway and Sweden. Areas for improvement include rates of poverty, income inequality, and public expenditures for long-term care.
Court Fight Begins Over John Steinbeck Copyrights
Author John Steinbeck’s copyrights and scuttled movies of his works are the subject of a battle in California federal court. And neither party is an “heir” of Steinbeck himself. One is a stepdaughter, and the other is the widow of his son. How did this happen?
Planning Pointer: Coordinate All Your Plans
You may have an estate plan. You might also have a small business or a family partnership. As this piece points out, bad things can happen if these documents are not coordinated. Put the pieces together for your heirs so they don’t end up sorting it out in court.
Program Teaches ER Docs to Root Out Elder Abuse
The emergency room can be an important place for elders who are being abused, and a new program called Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (or VEPT) teams up doctors with social workers in an effort to identify and protect seniors at risk.
Albee Estate Clarifies Casting Controversy
The estate of playwright Edward Albee made a controversial decision to withhold rights to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? when a black actor was cast in a role originally intended for a Caucasian actor. This Playbill piece sheds light on the reasoning: Albee didn’t like directors imposing meaning where none was intended.
Trump’s Tax Plan Could Hit Charities
The charity lobby apparently has been busy; more than one news outlet this week featured stories on the fact that the GOP tax plan might hinder charitable giving. They might be gaining some traction, as this piece explains. At least some Republicans are exploring ideas to boost giving.
Developers Dip into Elder Care for the 1%
We hear a lot about people who can’t or struggle to pay for long-term care. We don’t hear a lot about those who can pay — and then some. There are developments springing up in New York that promise memory care with glitz.