Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Richard 'Old Man' Harrison of 'Pawn Stars' Cuts Son, Christopher, Out of His Will

HarrisonRichard 'Old Man' Harrison of the History Channel's Pawn Stars fame passed away last month at the age of 77. His will has now been filed and a 2017 amendment has come to the public light disinheriting his son, Christopher. Before he had amended the document named Harrison's wife, JoAnne, and their three children, Joseph, Rick, and Christopher as beneficiaries. Rick, who opened the Gold & Silver Pawn store with his dad in 1988 and appeared on the History series, appears to have been named as the executor.

“I would like to express my love and affection for Christopher Keith Harrison,” the document reads, “however, for purposes of this Will, I have intentionally and with full knowledge failed to provide for him and his issue.”

Rick issued a statement that, "The family had previously discussed this information and it is a private matter."

See Mariah Haas, Richard 'Old Man' Harrison of 'Pawn Stars' Cuts Son, Christopher, Out of His Will, Fox News, July 17, 2018.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

Special thanks to Jim Hartnett, Jr. (Dallas, Texas Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.

July 18, 2018 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Television, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

CLE on Estate Planning Misfires of the Rich and Famous

CLEThe New York City Bar is holding a conference entitled, Estate Planning Misfires of the Rich and Famous, on Wednesday, August 8, at the New York City Bar in New York City. Provided below is a description of the event:

Americans are generally fascinated by celebrities, whether alive or dead. Highly publicized battles regarding the families and estates of celebrities cast a bright spotlight on the importance of proper estate planning. This highly entertaining and informative program will identify the common factors that cause such disputes, and aid attorneys in avoiding family fights for their clients. An expert faculty will discuss the estates planning misfires of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Bill Davidson, James Gandolfini, Pablo Picasso and Charles Kuralt.

Click Here to View Program Agenda & Faculty

Sponsoring Association Committees:
Estate & Gift Taxation Committee, Evelyn M. Capassakis, Chair
Trusts, Estates & Surrogate's Court Committee, Andrew S. Auchincloss, Chair

CLE Credit:
NY: 3.0 professional practice
NJ: 3.2 general MCLE
CA: 3.0 general MCLE
PA: 2.5 general MCLE

July 8, 2018 in Conferences & CLE, Estate Planning - Generally, Film, Music, Television, Trusts, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Anthony Bourdain's Will States he was Worth $1.2 Million, Majority Left to Daughter

AnthonyThe late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, 61, has had his will filed in Manhattan this week a month after his suicide in France. Recent "unreliable" reports have whispered that his estate was worth around $16 million, but in 2017 Bourdain himself stated that those were amount were inflated "by at least ten times" According to the documents filed in court, his estate was worth roughly $1.2 millionn, and the bulk of that was left to his 11 year old daughter Airane.

"Bourdain's property includes $425,000 in cash and savings, $35,000 in brokerage accounts, $250,000 in personal property, and $500,000 in 'intangible property including royalties and residuals' according to the documents filed."

The assets left to his young daughter will be placed in trust until she reaches 18, with her mother and Bourdain's estranged wife Ottavia Busia acting as guardian. Bourdain also left Busia his frequent flier miles with instructions to "dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes."

See Megan Sheets, Anthony Bourdain Leaves Majority of his $1.2 Million Estate - Which was Rumored to by Worth at Least $16 Million - to 11-Year-Old Daughter Ariane as Will is Read Less than One Month After his Suicide, Daily Mail, July 5, 2018; see also Julia Marsh, Anthony Bourdain Worth Only $1.21M at the Time of his Death, Page Six, July 5, 2018.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

Special thanks to Jim Hartnett (Dallas, Texas Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.

July 6, 2018 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Food and Drink, Television, Travel, Trusts, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Michael Jackson Estate Sues Walt Disney Company

MjThe estate of the late Michael Jackson is suing the Walt Disney Company for copyright infringement claiming the company never received permission to use footage and songs by Jackson in their TV special entitled "The Last Days of Michael Jackson." The program premiered last week to an audience of 5.5 million viewers. Disney's lawyers have stated that because the program was a documentary that permission to use the material was not necessary.

The TV special featured the late performer's funeral and his children's emotional statements which the estate says were never licensed for commercial use. Short recordings of the singer's famous songs "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" were also used, and the estate claims it was never approached by the Disney Company to use those songs.

The estate is suing for profits Disney made off the special and other damages.

See Michael Jackson Estate Sues Walt Disney Company, TMZ, May 30, 2018.

May 31, 2018 in Current Affairs, Estate Administration, Estate Planning - Generally, Music, New Cases, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Alan Thicke's Widow, Tanya, Wants His Sons to Hand over Her Inheritance Already

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-05-09/f9bcbeab-fbae-4ced-8c5f-6752215379d3.pngAlan Thicke’s widow, Tanya Thicke, is accusing Alan’s sons of recklessly spending their father’s money while squandering away her promised inheritance. Thicke’s sons, Brennan and Robin, are co-trustees of their deceased father’s estate. They are allegedly refusing to divulge information to Tanya as to how they are managing the underlying assets and are possibly robbing her of what she is owed. According to court documents, Brennan and Robin were astonished when Tanya arranged for a monument to be placed at Alan’s burial site. They retaliated by refusing to reimburse the expenses, which Tanya believes she is entitled to receive. In juxtaposition, Robin was reimbursed after throwing an after-funeral bash that cost in excess of $100,000. Adam Streisand, Tanya’s lawyer, believes that the “fact that Tanya still hasn’t received her inheritance is unconscionable.” He also says that she is willing to go to court to handle the issues.

See Alan Thicke's Widow, Tanya, Wants His Sons to Hand over Her Inheritance Already, TMZ, May 9, 2018.

May 9, 2018 in Death Event Planning, Estate Administration, Estate Planning - Generally, Television, Trusts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 23, 2018

'Martin' Star Tisha Campbell-Martin Asks for Spousal Support in Divorce

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-02-23/dd31ad25-83d4-4bb0-9bf5-571ab37eeb4b.pngTisha Campbell-Martin, star of the television series "Martin," filed for divorce from husband Duane Martin on Thursday. The pair separated in December of 2016 after two decades of marriage. Tisha has two children with Duane, 8 and 16-year-old sons. According to court documents, Tisha is asking for spousal support and split legal and physical custody of the children. She commented on the situation: "After 27 years of being together and two amazing children, it pains me to announce that I've filed for divorce. It's an emotional time and I graciously ask for privacy for me, our children and the rest of our family."

See 'Martin' Star Tisha Campbell-Martin Asks for Spousal Support in Divorce, TMZ, February 23, 2018.

February 23, 2018 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 16, 2018

John Mahoney, Who Played Cranky Dad on ‘Frasier,’ Dies at 77

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-02-16/f7565de5-e100-4417-981d-b2d89789f8ce.pngJohn Mahoney, popularly known for his role as the gruff-but-lovable Martin Crane on the television series Frasier, died last week at the age of 77. Paul Martino, Mahoney’s manager for over 30 years, said the actor passed away after a brief stay in the hospital. The cause of death was not provided. Kelsey Grammer, who played Frasier Crane, Martin’s well-to-do and often arrogant son, said of Mahoney’s death: “He was my father. I loved him.”

Mahoney was born in 1940 after his pregnant mother’s evacuation to Blackpool, England. He later followed a sister to Chicago, where he fell in love with the city. In a 2015 interview, Mahoney highlighted his favorite attributes of the city he loved: “The lake, the skyline, the museums, the symphony, the lyric opera…my favorite place in the world.”

See Lynn Elber, John Mahoney, Who Played Cranky Dad on ‘Frasier,’ Dies at 77, USA Today, February 5, 2017.

February 16, 2018 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

American Horror Story' Murder House Owners Have Video Proof of Fan Nightmares

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-02-14/37b44eea-a05a-4732-8991-d8e210dacc96.pngAngela Oakenfold and Ernst Von Schwarz, the current owners of the Murder House featured on "American Horror Story (AHS)," are suing the prior owner for failing to warn them of the home's on-air history. The pair claim the house has has become a "macabre tourist attraction" enticing fans to trespass on to the property in an effort to see inside. A couple of AHS fans were so desperate to catch a peak of the interior of the house that they occupied a nearby dumpster hoping to catch a glimpse when the trash truck lifted the bin to empty its contents. Even when fans are not trespassing, they are lined up outside the home behind a chain link fence. While the frustrated duo say their impatience is not with AHS fans in general, they feel as though some go too far and make them feel unsafe.

See American Horror Story' Murder House Owners Have Video Proof of Fan Nightmares, TMZ, February 14, 2018.

 

February 16, 2018 in Estate Planning - Generally, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Teletubby Tinky Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-01-23/7e694153-4aa2-49a7-9c6b-8520c8582385.pngAccording to his son, Simon Shelton passed away last Wednesday at the age of 52. Shelton was best known for his role as Tinky Winky, the purple Teletubby. Emily Atack, Shelton’s niece, said of her uncle’s death that he “was taken so suddenly.”

See Teletubby Tinky Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52, TMZ, January 23, 2018.

January 23, 2018 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Connie Sawyer, Hollywood's Oldest Working Actress Dies at 105

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-01-23/ac4953dd-6856-4906-b71a-e21a4de1e45a.pngConnie Sawyer, Hollywood's oldest working actress, died today at the age of 105. She starred in movies like Dumb and DumberPineapple Express, and When Harry Met Sally. She also played in a number of TV series over the span of six decades, including: The Andy Griffith Show, SeinfeldStarsky & Hutch, and Mary Tyler Moore. She died in her Woodlands Hill home. While the cause of death is unknown, it is presumed to be related to age. 

See Connie Sawyer, Hollywood's Oldest Working Actress Dies at 105, TMZ, January 22, 2108.

 

January 22, 2018 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)