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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Celebrity Estate Planning Flubs Compiled Into a Book

Trial and heirsAndrew W. Mayoras and Danielle B. Mayoras wrote the book Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! ...and what you can learn from celebrity errors (Wise Circle Books 2009). 

The book's website claims that the book provides estate planning advice by showing the estate planning mistakes that high profile individuals have made.  According to reviews of the book on Amazon, the book is an easy read.  The following excerpt from an Amazon review summarizes some of the stories compiled in the book:

Jimi Hendrix died without a will, leaving his close brother Leon with nothing. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote his own will, which at 176 words left out basic tax clauses that could have saved $450,000 in estate taxes. Princess Di relied on a "letter of wishes" to give away belongings, and her godchildren got shortchanged.

The publisher's description of the book is as follows:

The highly publicized estate battles of celebrities cast a bright spotlight on the importance of having the proper estate planning. You'll have a front row seat in the courtroom while Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! replays the "tabloid drama" and points out what went wrong in these riveting cases.

Special thanks to Alexandra Eaker (attorney) for bringing this book to my attention. 


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