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Joan Rivers Protected Her Family With Good Estate Planning

Joan Rivers was widely respected for her sense of humor, work ethic, and willingness to say almost anything for a laugh.  When it came to planning her estate, Rivers treated it as no laughing matter.  joan rivers estate planning

Joan Rivers’ last will and testament was signed on November 16, 2011.  A thorough and well-drafted legal document, her will named a living trust as her beneficiary.

Specifically, Joan Rivers, whose full legal name was Joan R. Rosenberg, signed the Rosenberg Family Trust on the same day as the will.  The will directed that all of her estate assets were to be distributed to that trust.

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Interestingly, the final version of Joan’s trust was far from her first.  In fact, the will stated that her trust was actually the 11th amendment of the original trust, and the third complete restatement.  This means that the original Rosenberg Family Trust was changed, many times over, and rewritten completely three times (not counting the original version).  When Read more...

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Was The Michael Jackson Jury Verdict Wrong In Ruling For AEG?

Last week’s jury verdict sent shock waves through Michael Jackson fans who were hoping to see concert promoter AEG Live held at least partially responsible for Michael Jackson’s death.  Many expressed outrage at the verdict.  At first blush, the jury verdict does seem odd.

The jury was charged with answering 16 questions, in order, given to them on a jury verdict form.  If they answered any one of the first few questions in the negative, then AEG Live would prevail and there would be no need to answer the remaining questions.

The jury unanimously answered the first question in favor of the Michael Jackson heirs:  AEG Live did hire Dr. Conrad Murray, the jury determined.  This was a hotly disputed issue, with AEG Live arguing that Michael Jackson had hired the doctor himself.  Michael Jackson’s legal team cleared that first hurdle.

Question two pertained to whether Dr. Murray was “unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired.”  Based on the criminal conviction and the fact that Read more...

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Is Promoter AEG Responsible For Michael Jackson’s Death?

Concert promoter AEG is on the defensive after the Los Angeles Times recently published confidential emails about AEG’s role in the cause of Michael Jackson’s death. The New York Daily News revealed more of the emails in a second article this weekend.  Michael Jackson’s death

Together, the emails paint a picture of AEG demanding that the concert tour go on, despite knowing the extremely fragile state Michael Jackson was in at the time.

But what does it all mean, legally?  Should AEG be found liable for Michael Jackson’s death?

Katherine Jackson and other family members sued AEG, blaming them for controlling and failing to supervise Dr. Conrad Murray, thereby causing Jackson’s death.  AEG denies it controlled or supervised Murray at all.  They say he was Jackson’s personal physician and he alone was responsible.

Whether that’s true or not, AEG was clearly involved in some manner.  The Daily News revealed the most telling of the emails that have been publicly disclosed so far, about AEG’s role in Michael Jackson’s death:

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Katherine Jackson brings wrongful death lawsuit against AEG

When Joe Jackson sued for the death of his son Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson initially said she wanted nothing to do with it.  Now Michael’s mother, who is also the guardian of his children, has started her own lawsuit against the concert promotion company that, she claims, pushed Michael to his death. Katherine Jackson lawsuit

Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit blames AEG for the King of Pop’s death and seeks damages on behalf of Katherine and Michael’s children.  You can download and read the lawsuit here courtesy of TMZ.com.

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Among other reasons, it accuses AEG of negligently hiring, failing to supervise and controlling Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who has been criminally charged for causing the death by using Propofol (and other drugs) to help Michael sleep, when it was not medically appropriate.

Interestingly, the lawsuit does not name Dr. Murray as a defendant.  Rather, it targets AEG and various officers and employees with the company.

In the lawsuit, Katherine alleges that AEG and the other defendants interfered with the doctor-patient relationship Read more...

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Michael Jackson death ruled a homicide

A wrongful death lawsuit is a certainty now.  In a previous article about the Michael Jackson Estate, I wrote how a wrongful death lawsuit was likely due to the unusual circumstances surrounding his death.  Now, the Los Angeles County coroner reportedly determined that Jackson died through a homicide.  This doesn’t automatically mean it was a criminal act.  Officially, it means he died at the hands of another.
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But let’s put semantics aside.  Everyone expects that criminal charges will follow.  Dr. Conrad Murray, the Las Vegas cardiologist who treated Jackson, is under investigation for manslaughter because he administered the lethal dose of drugs to the King of Pop to help his sleep.  Here is the Associated Press article about the investigation and coroner’s report.

Rumors started before this that the Jackson family wanted to bring a wrongful death claim.  With this new report, you can bank on it happening.

As in most states, California wrongful death claims are brought by either the personal representatives of the estate or by

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