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Volume Eleven • Number Two • February 2014

Is There an Oscar for Best Estate Planning? & Is Justin Bieber a Grinch?

Is There an Oscar for Best Estate Planning?

Is There an Oscar for Best Estate Planning?

    No, unfortunately there isnít. But that doesnít mean you canít get award-winning advice and a sound strategy in place now by speaking with a star attorney in the estate planning world.
    Did you know Best Actor Winner Marlon Brando was regarded as one of the greatest actors ever on the Silver Screen? However, his promise to give his housekeeper a home and continued employment after he died didnít hold up legally. There was nothing in writing to prove the Godfather star made an offer that couldnít be refused.

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Is Justin Bieber a Grinch?

Is Justin Bieber a Grinch?    Some people are more generous than others. Similarly, when it comes to celebrities, some are very generous ... and others are, well, not so generous. Regardless whether you are a rock star or not, getting solid legal counsel is key.
    Some celebrities are almost as famous for their charitable causes as they are for their entertainment careers. Creating awareness for a cause is one of the easiest things a star can do. Endorsing a sports drink or a luxury automobile by wearing the companyís logo or using the product at a press conference can generate thousands of dollars in sales with this simple and effective marketing. When a celeb gives his or her stamp of approval to a charity or awareness, volunteerism and donations can really pick up.

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Did You Know?

Did you know that:

  • While three in ten Americans DO have a plan, the average age of a will coming into a law office for update or probate is nearly 20 years?

  • A Power of Attorney of similar vintage may be rejected by banks and other third parties?

  • In three out of four cases, a Health Care Directive (also sometimes called a "Living Will") is unavailable when needed?

  • Ten out of ten Americans MISTAKENLY believe that life insurance proceeds are automatically exempted from Federal Estate Tax?

  • The Wills of most married couples control ONLY personal effects?

  • There are legitimate means of leveraging the $13,000 annual gifting exclusion, of avoiding capital gains tax on super-appreciated low-yield assets, and of ensuring that 99% of assets flow to the next generation in a thoughtful, protected manner?

Quick Tips

Oscar Trivia

1. Who is the youngest Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon in 1973 at age 10?
2. Who is the oldest Oscar winner for Best Director for Million Dollar Baby in 2004 at age 74?
3. What was the longest Best Picture Oscar winning film at 3 hours and 56 minutes (1939)? This was also the first color film to win Best Picture.
4. The Oscar statuette depicts a knight holding a crusader's sword, standing on a reel of film with five spokes, signifying the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and ____?
5. In 1981, the awards ceremony was postponed for 24 hours because of the assassination attempt on what US President?

1. Tatum O'Neal
2. Clint Eastwood
3. Gone With The Wind
4. Technicians
5. President Ronald Reagan


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