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Celebrity Trusts & Estates: Another Battle in the Saga of Bing Crosby’s Right of Publicity Comes to an End

Posted in Probate and Elder Abuse Litigation
Over thirty-five years after Bing Crosby’s death, the California Court of Appeal put an end to the continuing battle over the Crooner’s right of publicity. I Can’t Begin to Tell You In 1930, Harry Lillis Crosby—nicknamed Bing for his love of a newspaper parody, “The Bingville Bugle”—married first wife, Wilma Wyatt (known professionally as Dixie… Continue Reading

NEW U.S. SUPREME COURT CASE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF UPDATING BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS UPON DIVORCE

Posted in Estate and Trust Planning
Retirement plans and life insurance and annuities often constitute a large portion of a client’s estate.   At death, these plans are distributed by beneficiary designation, not by the client’s Will or trust. Many clients are aware that under California law (unless a Will specifically provides otherwise) bequests made to the former spouse in a Will… Continue Reading

Estate Planning 101: Getting Started

Posted in Estate and Trust Planning
Getting started with estate planning can seem like a daunting task. The various documents and the vocabulary can be confusing if you’ve never seen them before. Here’s a guide to the basics of a foundational estate plan: Trust: A trust is an agreement that makes it easier to manage assets during your lifetime and after… Continue Reading