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Publicity Rights When a Celebrity Passes Away

Intellectual property rights are mostly determined by federal law and international agreements. When a copyright holder passes away, it makes little difference where he or she lived. However, publicity rights, which govern who can use a person’s im… Read More
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Estate Tax Implications of the Presidential Election

In all of the controversies surrounding this year’s presidential election the estate tax is receiving little attention even though some people believe the result could have major implications for the future of the tax. The race for the White House… Read More
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Paper Claims to Have Identified Prince’s Son

If a California newspaper is correct, then dividing up Prince’s estate will be much easier than previously thought. The paper claims that DNA tests have proven that Prince has a son. Recently, the Minnesota probate judge overseeing the Prince estat… Read More
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Judge Cuts Down List of Potential Prince Heirs

The Minnesota judge hearing the Prince estate case has rejected most of the claims brought by people to have themselves declared to be the singer’s heirs. The stakes in the Prince estate case are very high. Because he did not have an estate plan, a… Read More
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Estate Looks for JFK Love Child

That John F. Kennedy had affairs while he was President is fairly well known, so perhaps it should not be too surprising that the estate of one of the women alleged to have been involved in one of those affairs is following up on rumors that she had… Read More
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More Controversy for Michael Jackson's Estate

Michael Jackson's estate has enough legal problems and certainly did not need any more controversy, especially the latest publicity nightmare to hit the news. The estate of Michael Jackson is currently embroiled in a fierce battle with the IRS o… Read More
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Media Denied Hearing in Prince Case

The judge overseeing the probate case concerning Prince's estate has denied a request from several media companies to be heard in the case. However, questions about media access to the case have not been definitively answered. The issue of havin… Read More
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Joan Rivers' Estate Sale

Collectors are eager to bid on a collection of valuable items that will go up for auction at a sale of Joan Rivers' estate in June. Joan Rivers never kept it a secret that she loved luxurious things and was an avid collector of fine items. Follo… Read More
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Whitney Houston Estate Fights IRS

Whitney Houston passed away over four years ago, but her estate is still in an ongoing dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over the value of the estate and how much tax is owed. Both the estates of Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristin… Read More
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The Greatest of All Time's Estate

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali recently passed away. The details of his estate plan are not yet known, but he left behind a large estate and family. With the passing of Muhammad Ali, a true sports icon has left the scene. At this early stage it is not ye… Read More
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