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High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 2

Borrowing Against Art Collections - Your art collection may not be as illiquid as you think. It is possible to raise cash by borrowing against works of art. Although some banks do not offer art-secured loans because of...more

Ray Charles Foundation v. Robinson - USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 31, 2015

Ninth Circuit reverses lower court’s dismissal for lack of standing of action brought by Ray Charles Foundation, finding that Foundation, sole beneficiary of music legend’s estate, had standing to challenge validity of...more

Wealth Management Update - May 2015

May Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The May § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 1

Recent Case Illustrates Importance of Keeping Legal Entities in Good Standing - A recent United States Tax Court case illustrates the importance of keeping legal entities in good standing. In Medical Weight Control...more

Copyright Co-Owner’s Ability to Grant an Exclusive Right to a Third Party - Corbello v. DeVito

Revisiting the issue of a copyright co-owner’s right to grant an exclusive right to a third party, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit clarified its prior ruling in Sybersound v. UAV, and explained that a...more

The Artist’s Legacy – Gifts of Art to Family and Friends

In our last blog post, Christine Steiner addressed artists’ business and legal challenges. In this post, Lauren Liebes will address unique issues artist face when making gifts to family and friends of visual art they have...more

Tom Brady: Give Malcolm that Truck!

I am not much of a true football fan. I have little interest in Monday night games, player stats, or the draft. But as a true New Englander, in support of my family and friends who love the Patriots, I’ll always make a point...more

The Artist’s Legacy – Business and Legal Planning Issues

Sheppard Mullin attorneys Christine Steiner and Lauren Liebes recently joined Weston Naef, Getty Photography Curator Emeritus, and ASA appraiser Jennifer Stoots for “What Will Become of Your Legacy”, a panel discussion at Los...more

Guarding against a Trust's Destruction by Merger

A trust is not a trust if the “trustee” alone holds legal title to the subject property and alone possesses the entire beneficial/equitable interest. Instead, he owns the subject property outright and free of trust, all...more

Warner Bros.’ Super Victory: U.S. Supreme Court Effectively Ends Lengthy Superman Copyright Dispute

Warner Bros. and its DC Comics subsidiary can now breathe a bit easier, as the U.S. Supreme Court has recently declined to intervene in the ongoing dispute over the ownership rights to Superman. And so ends (at least for...more

Keep Your Collection Away from the Collectors: Tax Planning for Fine Art

Appreciation of fine art can create challenging tax issues, but with proper planning collectors can minimize the estate, gift, and income tax consequences of their collections. For taxpayers hoping to keep their works...more

Superman Dodges a Bullet: Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Heirs’ Bid to Reclaim Character Copyright

Close on the heels of the settlement between Marvel Comics and Jack Kirby’s heirs, which ended their dispute over copyright in a number of iconic comic book characters, the heirs to one of Superman’s co-creators, artist...more

The Donald Sterling Case Provides Valuable Trustee Incapacity Insights - Establishing the Most Effective Instruments to Evaluate...

The ideal individual trustee has a wide variety of real world experience and judgment that can only be acquired over decades. Thus, many trustees are middle-aged or older at the start of their tenure. While some people remain...more

Fifth Circuit Court Reverses Tax Court Ruling on Fractional Interest Valuation Discounts

On September 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a 2013 Tax Court decision that had allowed only a nominal, 10% fractional interest discount for artwork included in a decedent’s estate....more

Legal Implications of the Sterling Trust Dispute

While the attention of most Miami basketball fans was focused on the Heat’s bid for a third consecutive title, Clippers fans look forward to a new owner in Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Donald Sterling is challenging the...more

Last Wishes, First Impression: Potential legal issues arise after Munich recluse passes away, bequeathing Nazi-looted art to a...

Cornelius Gurlitt’s notarized will, which did not surface until after his unexpected death this past May, lists the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland as the heir to his vast art collection, which included works by Matisse, Dix,...more

Privacy or Property? Arizona Court Adopts Post-Mortem Right of Publicity In Intra-Family Online Dispute

The right of publicity, i.e., the right not to have others appropriate your name or image for commercial purposes, is an odd duck. It was described by Professor Prosser in 1960, and later in the Restatement of Torts, as of...more

Heirs’ Right of Publicity

When I read about one of the recent “right of publicity” cases, I thought back to the Eighties and “Who Shot JR?” This is because Mary Crosby, as the character Kristin Shepard, was the one who shot JR in 1980 on the widely...more

The Bill Graham Show Goes On … and On - Graham-Sult v. Clainos

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that the federal district court erred in dismissing claims for copyright infringement, conversion and declaratory relief brought by the sons of the late concert...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 30, 2014

Smith v. Sunshine Sound Enterprises, Inc., USCA, 11th Circuit, January 22, 2014 - Eleventh Circuit reverses dismissal of estate’s claims for copyright infringement, holding that songwriter who assigned his legal rights...more

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on October 4, 2013 Video-game maker Atari, Inc. has filed a reorganization plan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan with the support of its...more

Should Detroit Follow Central Falls’ Bankruptcy Strategy?

Should Detroit Follow Central Falls’ Bankruptcy Strategy? by Joel R. Glucksman on August 6, 2013 In the wake of Detroit filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, many analysts are looking at the...more

“Why Don’t you Marry the Girl?”: How the 1909 Copyright Act Helped Bring Down DOMA

When Tin Pan Alley composer B.G. “Buddy” DeSylva co-composed such 1920’s hits as California Here I Come, Sonny Boy and If You Knew Susie (and lesser-known works such as Why Don’t You Marry the Girl?) he may have understood...more

Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Angelina Jolie

Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie disclosed that she had a double mastectomy and that she would have her ovaries removed to help prevent breast and ovarian cancer that she may be...more

Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Lil Wayne

Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Lil Wayne Lil Wayne was hospitalized In California in March of 2013 after suffering from several severe seizures. Lil Wayne also known as Dwayne Carter is best known as a...more

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