What Can We Learn From Jerry Garcia?

2021-12-16T11:13:53-05:00December 3rd, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning, Financial|

Martin Scorsese is directing a musical biopic about the Grateful Dead, with Jonah Hill as the iconic rock band’s front-man, Jerry Garcia. Many of us remember Garcia’s passing on August 9, 1995 at the young age of 53. Because he found his way into this newsletter, we’re not surprised to learn that his estate was [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Paris Hilton?

2021-12-16T11:11:53-05:00November 19th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning, Financial|

Paris Hilton is married! Hilton and her beau, Carter Reum, tied the knot on November 10, 2021, in LA. The wedding was attended by all of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH), Kim Kardashian and Paula Abdul, among other reality royalty. The festivities will air on Paris’s reality show as well as the RHOBH! [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Sofia Vergara?

2021-12-16T11:10:03-05:00November 5th, 2021|Categories: Trusts|

It’s been SEVEN YEARS since Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb broke up. We can imagine she’s happily moved on with the Magic Mike star, Joe Manganiello (mmmmmmm), but Loeb is not out of the picture just yet. Sofia and Nick split up in 2014. When they split, they had two frozen embryos, but the terms [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Kelly Clarkson?

2021-12-16T11:08:21-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Categories: Florida Law|

Did we even know that Kelly Clarkson was married to Reba McEntire’s former stepson, Brandon Blackstock? I love this country-western singer dynasty….well, they’re divorcing. And, it’s messy. Clarkson filed for divorce in June of 2020, citing irreconcilable differences which seemed to have continued afterwards LOL. The two have contested everything, from assets to their prenuptial [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From the Addams Family?

2021-12-16T11:06:47-05:00October 15th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning|

The Addams Family 2 hit the theaters October 2nd, and this got me thinking, what estate plan would I give this creepy, spooky, kooky family? A retired lawyer, Gomez would certainly have gone through the trouble of an elaborate estate plan. We’ve seen Gomez squander money in a cavalier manner, loses it on stocks, and [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Dr. Oz?

2021-12-16T11:05:55-05:00October 1st, 2021|Categories: Real Estate, Trusts|

Dr. Mehment Oz is involved in a legal dispute with his sister, Nazlim Oz, over rental income from two New York City properties owned by their late father. According to the legal complaint filed by the sister, the Good Doctor stopped her share of the rental profits from the properties, currently held in a limited [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Cinderella?

2021-12-16T11:04:40-05:00September 17th, 2021|Categories: Florida Law|

Cinderella (Amazon Prime) got a makeover and the 2021 girl-boss movie got me thinking, what would have happened if the story took place in sunny Florida? I'm doing the Lord's work here, people LOL. Get comfortable, we’re going to apply our Florida homestead laws to the Cinderella fairy tale! Avid readers of this blog (I [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Megan Fox and Brad Pitt’s Manager Dispute?

2021-12-16T11:03:49-05:00September 10th, 2021|Categories: Real Estate|

Megan Fox purchased a $3.3 million Malibu mansion from Cynthia Pett-Dante (who’s best known as Brad Pitt’s manager LOL) in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Fox realized that property had serious problems, (trigger warning Floridians, we’re going somewhere dark today). The property was full of MOLD and required at least $500,000 in remedial work. Been there, done [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From James Bond?

2021-12-16T11:02:46-05:00September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Florida Law|

I’m not sure what’s hotter, Daniel Craig climbing out of an ocean in his trunks or him discussing his estate plan LOL. It’s a great time to be alive, we get both! The highest-paid actor of 2021, Craig has a record-breaking deal with Netflix to star in two sequels to the comedic mystery hit, Knives [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Anderson .Paak’s Tattoo?

2021-12-16T11:01:38-05:00August 27th, 2021|Categories: Florida Law|

Anderson .Paak is a 35 year old, seemingly healthy, Grammy-winning rapper/singer, which is why his recent Instagram post showing off a wordy tattoo regarding his death made some noise. Placed under a tattoo of Animal, the Muppet, the new tattoo reads, “When I’m gone please don’t release any posthumous albums or songs with my name [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From a Vampire’s Estate Plan?

2021-12-16T11:00:47-05:00August 20th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning|

Who can forget the 1994 Interview With the Vampire movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt? Not this girl! Well, soon to come is The Vampire Chronicles, an eight-episode AMC sequel with Sam Reid as the vampire Lestat based on Ann Rice’s popular novels. So that got me thinking, what would the best undead character, [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Sex NDAs?

2021-12-16T10:58:59-05:00August 13th, 2021|Categories: Florida Law|

These days, if you want to hook up with a celebrity, you better have your attorney on the ready to review the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) standing between you and night of romance. High profile men and women alike are requesting their paramours to sign NDAs intended to protect the celebrity and silence their lovers as [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From the ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot?

2021-12-16T10:57:03-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Trusts|

And just like that, Sex and the City is coming back! A 10-episode revival will include 3 members of the original cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis. Those of us “in the know”, are not surprised that Kim Cattrall won't return to her role as Samantha Jones. I get it, she’s not [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Crypto Reality TV?

2021-12-16T10:55:21-05:00July 16th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills|

As reality TV takes over the world (or is that just me projecting?), we find ourselves discussing a South Korean reality television show that focuses on crypto investors, bitcoin (BTC) enthusiasts and miners. So, this begs the question; what can we learn from crypto TV? Despite its name, cryptocurrency is not treated like bank accounts, [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From the Property Brother’s Lawsuit?

2021-12-16T10:54:13-05:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: Real Estate|

What can we learn from the Property Brother’s lawsuit? HGTV’s Property Brother’s production company has been hit with a lawsuit from a couple, home-owner’s/contestant on the popular home renovation show. The couple, Paul and Mindy King, claim that the renovations featured in their home, on the reality show were shoddy. They made reference to exposed [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck?

2021-12-16T10:53:03-05:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Florida Law, Real Estate|

Bennifer is BACK! Are you as excited as I am? Lopez is rumored to be relocating her home base to the West Coast to be closer to Affleck, but don’t worry Lopez’s ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez remains in Miami……and single LOL. So, what can we learn from Lopez and Affleck, these on-again-off-again love birds? The State [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From The Big Lebowski?

2021-12-16T10:51:13-05:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Real Estate, Taxes|

The beloved 1990s comedy The Big Lebowski is returning to Netflix on Saturday, June 1. Woohoo! And as usual, there’s plenty for us to learn. I promise, no spoilers but how can you have missed this movie? A few years ago, the actor Jeff Bridges (who starred as The Dude in The Big Lebowski) and [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Tony Hsieh

2021-05-25T14:15:08-04:00May 14th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning, Wills|

Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos, passed away this year after a tragic accident at the age of 46. Worth around $850 million dollars at his death, Tony has become well-known for the critical mistakes he made in his estate planning. It turns out Tony died without a will (of course!) and instead left “thousands” [Read More ...]

What can we learn from Kobe Bryant

2021-05-06T12:35:59-04:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Trusts, Wills|

Kobe Bryant was not only a famous basketball player, but also a businessman, brand-builder, and investor. I wasn’t surprised to learn that he had a well drafted estate plan prior to his untimely death at the age of 41. Kobe had a trust to protect his assets, reduced estate-tax liability, and pass his wealth to [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Larry King?

2021-05-06T12:37:41-04:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning, Wills|

One of pop-culture’s favorite newsmen, Larry King lived a colorful life (married 8 times!!) and his estate is proving to be just as exciting (Well, at least for me, lol). It turns out that he scribbled down a few sentences during his last divorce. As every reader of this blog already knows, a handwritten last [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Cardi B’s Tattoo Snafu?

2021-05-06T12:13:55-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning, Financial|

Cardi B is heading to court to defend the picture on her first album, Gangsta B---h Music Vol. 1. Kevin Brophy Jr., is suing Cardi B for $5M and alleging that she misappropriated his likeness by using his back tattoo as part of the album artwork. He argues that Cardi B used the tattoo in [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Mariah Carey’s Litigation?

2021-04-20T14:45:16-04:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Financial, Florida Law|

It can’t be easy to have a famous sibling. Both Mariah Carey’s brother, Morgan Carey, and her sister, Alison Carey, have filed lawsuits against Mariah arising from her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. The pop-star’s brother alleges “defamation and the intentional infliction of emotional distress” and her sister states that the novel included “cruel [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Dr. Dre’s Divorce?

2021-04-20T14:36:44-04:00March 19th, 2021|Categories: Financial, Power of Attorney|

After 24 years of marriage, Dr. Dre (is he really a doctor?) and his soon to be ex-wife, Nicole Young, are calling it quits. Dre’s lawyer recently filed legal documents asking for a five-day trial to determine the validity of their prenuptial agreement. It appears that Young wants the prenuptial to be declared invalid as [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Joe Robbie’s Estate?

2021-04-20T14:38:29-04:00March 12th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning, Trusts|

Joe Robbie, the former owner the Miami Dolphins passed away in January 1990. The bulk of his estate was tied up in the Dolphins, and he had clearly not been reading my newsletters. Riddled with family fighting, Robbie’s children were forced to sell the franchise at a deeply discounted price in order to pay the [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s Divorce?

2021-04-20T14:39:17-04:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning|

I guess we all could predict this fracture of union, but as a lover of love (don’t laugh) it’s sad to see. Still, there is so much to learn from these two. We’ve all heard that Kanye’s mental state has been a topic of discussion and while I don’t have an opinion on the matter, [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Tom Carvel’s Estate Plan?

2021-04-20T14:39:52-04:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning|

Tom Carvel (yes, of Carvel Ice Cream), the creator of soft serve ice cream and one of the founding fathers of the franchise system in America passed away in 1990 with an estate valued at $67 million. A sticky mess, with over 18 years of litigation and more than 40 attorneys involved, around $28 million [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Diego Armando Maradona’s Estate?

2021-04-20T14:40:25-04:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning|

Many of us were saddened to hear that the Argentinian soccer star, Diego Armando Maradona, died in November at the age of 60. Arguably the one of the greatest soccer players of all time, after his death, Argentina issued a three-day period of mourning in honor of his passing. Known to live large, Maradona’s estate [Read More ...]