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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Gregg Allman Dies

AllmanGregory LeNoir Allman died Saturday, May 27, 2017. The 69-year old’s death was caused by complications stemming from liver cancer. Allman was a prolific musician, singer, keyboardist, and songwriter. He was considered a Southern rock pioneer and had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of several Grammy awards. His funeral service was a quiet, intimate affair among family and close friends; Allman’s ex-wife, Cher, was among the mourners. The route from the funeral to the cemetery was lined with supportive fans gathered to say their final goodbye.

See Gregg Allman Intimate Funeral Gathering...Ex-Wife Cher Among Mourners, TMZJune 3, 2017.

June 4, 2017 in Current Events, Death Event Planning, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fans Mourn Chris Cornell's Passing

ChrisCornellChris Cornell, best known as lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was cremated this past Tuesday. Those present included a small and select group of family and friends. The memorial service will be held on Friday and is also intended only for close friends and family. After the ashes are buried, fans will be allowed to enter Hollywood Forever cemetery in order to pay their respects. Officials at the cemetery are expecting a huge crowd after the service. Cornell joins legends like Mikey Rooney and Mel Blanc, who have also been laid to rest at the site.

See Chris Cornell Cremated, Private Service Planned but Fans Not Forgotten, TMZ, May 24, 2017.

May 25, 2017 in Current Events, Death Event Planning, Estate Planning - Generally, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

I've Got Not So Much to Give

BarryBarry White’s son, Darryl White, is alleging that his father’s widow, Glodean White, is wasting monies left in trust on an opulent lifestyle. After his father’s death, Darryl agreed to forgo looking at the will in exchange for a promise from Glodean that she would continue to support him. The arrangement apparently worked until 2015. Now penniless, Darryl is filing suit so he examine the will to determine what his father actually left him.

See Barry White's Son Suing Late Singer's Estate and Widow, TMZ, May 24, 2017.

May 25, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music, Trusts, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Michael Jackson's Estate Poised for Suit

502536-michael-jackson-617-409Both Lifetime and Netflix have soon-to-be-released movies with Michael Jackson as their centerpiece. While it may be unthinkable to release a cinematic depiction of the beloved pop star absent his unique music balancing the soundtrack, the networks would be better off without. Neither program has been officially authorized by Jackson’s estate. Given this, there are attorneys waiting on the sidelines to see if either film uses any unauthorized materials. The estate representatives have not seen the movies as of yet, so no action is currently underway. This circumstance may change by Monday.

See Michael Jackson Estate: Hey, Lifetime & Netflix...Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes, TMZ, May 22, 2017.

May 23, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Administration, Estate Planning - Generally, Film, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nick Carter's Father Dies

0518-bob-nick-carter-getty-tmz-9Nick Carter, notable for his membership as a Backstreet Boy, recently suffered the loss of his father, Bob Carter. It is believed that Bob Carter died from a heart attack. The family intends to adhere to the wishes of the deceased and will follow through with cremation. It is understood that Carter wanted his ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico by the Florida Keys. Interestingly, the family intends to reunite father and daughter postmortem. Nick’s sister, Leslie, died in 2012 at the age of 25 from an overdose. Her husband kept the ashes and the family desires to spread the ashes of father and daughter together. It is believed the ceremony will occur later in the year.

See Nick Carter's Father's Ashes to Be Spread with Late Daughter, TMZ, May 19, 2017.

May 21, 2017 in Current Events, Death Event Planning, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Simple Song" - The Shins

DownloadThe opening scene of “Simple Song” by The Shins, features a drab, melancholy living room as the camera pans to an old, tube TV. As the TV is turned on, the father-decedent begins to deliver his last will and testament. His final disposition to his children requires them to race through the house to find the deed he has previously hidden. As the now-grown children race through the home, the ensuing scenes flashback to their childhood and eerily similar scenes of them as kids racing through the house, causing chaos, and inflicting injury to each other. The closing scene ends with the grown children finding a fake deed with their father’s voice overlaying the action. He reminds them of their terrible memories in the home and tells them that he had already planned to have the house demolished; this demolition begins while they are still in the house. The actual video can be seen here.

May 19, 2017 in Current Events, Death Event Planning, Music, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Prince's Home is Back on the Market

Prince-07Though he has since passed from this world, Prince’s former home still bears the mark of his unique style and character. The home, valued now at $13,186,500, has seen a tremendous increase in price from $9.5 million just two years ago. The compound-like residence boasts over 14,500 square feet of space and housed the famous singer from 2001 to 2006. Visitors are reminded of Prince’s presence via a purple-carpeted basement, stamps on dining-room doors, and an iron-type desk where he wrote and read. The original seller took the house off the market after Prince’s death to avoid the appearance of attempting profiting off the singer’s demise. The house now sits poised for a buyer; for a Prince-worthy price.

See Prince Toronto Home Hits the Market for a Fortune, TMZ, April 26, 2017.


May 18, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Prince Estate Ordered to Pay $1 Million Bond to Block "Deliverance"

Prince 1 milA judge just ordered Prince’s estate to cough up $1 million if it wants to keep his unreleased “Deliverance” EP off the market. The judge extended the restraining order that blocks the release by producer George Ian Boxill, who insists he owns the rights to the music. Prince’s estate will need to post a $1 million bond before the upcoming trial to determine if Boxill has the rights to the music. If Boxill wins the trial, the bond will go to him, covering a portion of his losses.

See Prince Estate Ordered to Pony Up $1 Million to Keep ‘Deliverance’ Off Market, TMZ, May 3, 2017.

May 4, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 1, 2017

A New Prince Reality Show?

Reality showPrince’s estate is looking to get in the reality show business, citing this as its reason why it went to war over the release of new Prince music on the anniversary of his death. The reality show is reportedly in the works now, focusing on family members and their lives after Prince’s passing. The estate wants to debut the “Deliverance” album on the new reality show, so the music will hopefully be released sometime in the near future.

See Prince Estate: We’re Holding Back New Music for Our Reality Show!, TMZ, May 1, 2017.

May 1, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Prince's Deliverance Will Not Be Released Tomorrow as Estate Gets Restraining Order

DeliverancePrince’s estate has put the brakes on the planned anniversary release of a new album after a court ruled in its favor. A federal judge granted the estate’s request for a restraining order, meaning that “Deliverance” will not be released tomorrow on the anniversary of Prince’s death. The original producer, George Ian Boxill, who put together the extended play, does not have a right to publicly distribute the music, possibly due to a confidentiality agreement signed back in 2006. Boxill was further ordered to turn over all recordings to the estate. The order, however, did not address the millions of unlucky Prince fans who pre-ordered the album.

See Prince Estate Don’t Even Think About Releasing New Music . . . Producer Loses in Court, TMZ, April 19, 2017.

April 20, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)