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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.

Sep 08 2017

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.

Sep 08 2017

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.

Sep 06 2017

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.

Sep 05 2017

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.

Sep 01 2017

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”.

Aug 31 2017

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.

Aug 30 2017

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?

Aug 29 2017

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.

Aug 28 2017

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.

Aug 25 2017

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.

Aug 24 2017

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.

Aug 23 2017

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.