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.
Family Feud: Alan Thicke
Alan Thicke’s family is at odds over the administration of the actor’s estate. His two son’s are co-trustees, and at least a portion of the estate goes to the actor’s third wife, the son’s step mom. She says they’re not doing a good job and being unfair to her. (Such a sentiment is not unusual in blended-family estate administrations.)
‘Star Trek’ Star Under Conservatorship
Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on the show, may be suffering from dementia to the point that she can no longer see to her affairs. She has been placed under a temporary conservatorship in Los Angeles. Nichols is 85.
The Bully in the Care Home
Nursing homes, it turns out, can be a lot like high school, with bullies, gossip, clicks, and other poor social behaviors, and administrators take it seriously.
Prince Estate Announces Album of New Material
Jay-z’s Tidal service has teamed up with Prince’s estate to offer an album of new material. The deal ends a dispute between the two involving streaming rights to several Prince albums planned prior to his death.
‘Mockingbird’ Litigation Settles
The drama over a drama has been deflated. The Estate of Harper Lee and producer Aaron Sorkin have settled the lawsuit over Sorkin’s stage version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Terms were not disclosed, but performances will begin as scheduled on November 1.
Tips for Special Needs Beneficiaries
People who want to leave an inheritance (or give gifts to) loved ones with special needs such as disabilities need to plan carefully. Here are 13 things to consider.
Avoid Estate Planning Failures
A lot of estate plans fail. The reasons vary, but common ones are that the family is unprepared to deal with the responsibility and that the plan was not updated or fully implemented. Both can be resolved with a little effort.
Celebrity Estate Sale: Jerry Lewis
Some property from the estate of Jerry Lewis will be up for grabs a live and online auction June 22, as part of a two-day Hollywood Legends auction event. Among items: a tweed burgundy suit worn in The Nutty Professor; vintage eyeglass frames, including ones with eyeballs painted on the lenses; custom prop teeth; and watches, including ones given to him by Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.
Fight Continues Over Muddy Waters’ Estate
Muddy Waters has been dead for 35 years, but family members are still battling. Now, heirs are after hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties they believe they should have been paid.
Tips for Making the Most of Charitable Donations
The new tax law made it tougher to get a tax benefit from making donations to charities. But if you plan, you can still get some deductions. Here’s how.
In Spite of New Tax Law, Estate Planning Isn’t Dead
With the new tax law, which raised the estate tax exemption, 99.9% of Americans don’t have to worry about the “death tax.” There are many other reasons to have an estate plan, among them: 12 states still have an estate tax, you can avoid probate, and you can protect heirs.
Transitioning to Retirement-Community Living
There often comes a time when it’s not safe to live at home, or you get to a point where the maintenance and upkeep is more than you want to handle. Transitioning to a retirement community is often the answer, and even those who are reluctant to make the move may find that it’s actually pretty great.