Further Reading for Seminar on Celebrity Probates


I gave a seminar today to the Estate and Financial Planning section of the Sacramento CalCPA chapter. Thanks to Bruce Kajiwara for the invitation.

Following are the links to further reading on the celebrity probates discussed in the Seminar:

Lesson 1: Simon Cowell and the End Comes for Everyone!?

Simon Cowell is a Very Odd Boy”, by Chris Heath, in GQ Magazine, Sept 2011, page 3.

Simon Cowell Wants to Freeze his Body After He Dies”, by Danielle and Andy Mayoras, in Trial and Heirs Blog, August 31, 2011.

Lesson 2: Anna Nicole Smith and the Trials of Probate

Anna Nicole Smith’s Estate – What Does Anna Nicole Smith’s Will Say?”, by Julie Garber at About.com.

Anna Nicole Smith”, Wikipedia.

Lesson 3:  Britney Spears and the Protection of Conservatorships

Is Britney Spears Hiding Behind Her Conservatorship?”,by Danielle and Andy Mayoras, in Forbes, Sept 6, 2011.

Lesson 4:  Farrah Fawcett and Personal Property is Personal

Probate Dispute Over Warhol Portrait of Farrah”, by Roger Billings, in Placer Estate Planning Blog, Sept 4, 2011.

Lesson 5:  Rosa Parks and the Choice of a Fiduciary

Rosa Parks Trust and Estate Tied Up in Lengthy Court Fight”, by Danielle and Andy Mayoras, Trials and Heirs Blog, July 26, 2011.

Lesson 6:  Wellington Burt and the Benefits of Charitable Giving

Shutting Out the Kids from the Family Fortune”, by Robert Frank, in The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2011, reprinted at Yahoo Finance.

Inherited Wealth: Opportunities and Dilemmas, by John L. Levy, Foreward by J. Jeffrey Lambert, Book Surge Publishing, North Charleston, South Carolina, 2008.

Lesson 7: Michael Jackson, Trust Funding and Intellectual Property Rights

Michael Jackson Will: Mom, Diana Ross, Yes; Debbie Rowe, No”, by Gina Serpe, in E! Online, July 1, 2011.

Note: There are countless additional articles on Michael Jackson, as well as most of the other celebrities, but particularly on Jackson.

On the JRR Tolkien Estate:

Peter Jackson: A Film-maker’s Journey, by Brian Sibley, London: HarperCollins, 2006.

The Hobbit (2012 Film)“, Wikipedia.

Lesson 8: George Steinbrenner and Timing

George Steinbrenner Will Reveals Solid Estate Planning”, by Dan Mangan, in New York Post, July 28, 2010, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/the_boss_will_power_em9ZD8m3mLvwMlB4PxWubP


The popular probate blog known as Trials and Heirs keeps up constantly with the latest celebrity probate news and covers most of the celebrities mentioned here.

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