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The Sopranos star's will and its provisions, particularly those invoking the so-called death tax, have sparked a discussion about estate planning that no wise guy or gal—celebrity or not—can afford to ignore. more...

- - Living Trusts

The tragic death of the King of Pop Michael Jackson has left some interesting questions in its wake. Beyond the culpability of Dr. Conrad Murray lies the influence of entertainment giant AEG and its alleged role in Jackson’s untimely demise. At stake is a massive insurance claim—and perhaps a lot more. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

In the early 90's song "Pass the Mic," the Beastie Boys used a six second segment from jazz flutist James Newton's composition "Choir" prompting him to sue on the grounds of copyright infringement despite a licensing fee. You can protect yourself by compensating the artist through a license. But, how much of someone else's work can you use without a license? more...

- - Copyrights

Despite tax evasion being a serious crime that can bring steep penalties and even jail time, there are still those who try to avoid paying their taxes. As we finish up our own taxes this tax season, here are 10 high-profile tax evasion cases that are a reminder of what can happen when you don’t pay your taxes—even to the rich and famous. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

When someone famous suffers an untimely death, how they managed their personal affairs comes to light. For these ten celebrities, the effects of their lack of planning had far-reaching consequences. For one, Jimi Hendrix, the legal battle over his estate has lasted for 30 years. Read more about this and other real-world examples of what not to do as you plan your own estate. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

Force fields are no protection against copyright and trademark lawsuits. Many of our best-loved superheroes (and the millions of dollars they rake in) have been the subjects of intellectual property disputes. It takes authors, comic book publishers, and movie studios to build iconic superhero franchises, but who gets the credit—and the cash—for bringing our heroes to life? more...

- - Intellectual Property Basics

The rights to most of the creative works of one of America’s great entertainers, Sammy Davis, Jr., have been awarded to his son, Manny, after a contentious will contest in Los Angeles County’s celebrity-drenched downtown courthouse. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

Mixing marriage and business has proven to be a formula for success for many Americans—and a recipe for disaster for others. For Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife, Jamie, mixing marriage and business has produced one of the most expensive divorces in history. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

The Tiger Woods debacle has pundits speculating about a possible $300 million divorce. We’re no pundits, but can we can report the most expensive celebrity divorces to date. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

At the end of the year, we all love a good countdown. So before moving on to the New Year, let's take a look at the top five lawsuits that left us shaking our heads, laughing out loud, or just plain puzzled.

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- - Celebrity Lawsuits