What Can We Learn From Country Music Star Billy Joe Shaver?

2022-06-16T11:55:58-04:00June 10th, 2022|Categories: Florida Law|

Now, y’all know I’m from Texas, so a little country music gossip makes total sense. Turns out, Country music songwriter Billy Joe Shaver died on October 2020 with several last wills floating around. Shaver, who was married five times to two women(!), drafted a will in 2000 that named his sister, Patricia, as executrix and left [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Wendy Williams?

2022-06-16T11:57:47-04:00June 3rd, 2022|Categories: Florida Law|

Daytime talk show host and fellow Bravo-aholic, Wendy Williams, has been going-through-it lately. She’s been in Court fighting with her bank, Wells Fargo. Williams sued the bank claiming they falsely froze her accounts after her former financial advisor raised concerns of potential “financial exploitation.” Williams demanded that the bank allow her to access her funds, but [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Albert Einstein?

2022-06-16T11:58:48-04:00May 27th, 2022|Categories: Florida Law|

A lot! There’s even a lesson for us regarding estate planning. Einstein died in 1955 with a complete New Jersey estate plan (for those times).  In his last will, he bequeathed (love that word!) his “manuscripts, copyrights, publication rights, royalties … and all other literary property” to his sister and assistant, and then after their passing, [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Lou Reed?

2022-06-16T11:59:46-04:00May 20th, 2022|Categories: Wills|

A singer and songwriter with a long and successful musical career, Lou Reed died with a gorgeous New York Last Will. We know all of this because last wills are filed with the Probate Court, which makes them public. We, the general public, when there is a probate (and a last will is produced) can access the [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Star Trek?

2022-06-16T12:00:45-04:00May 6th, 2022|Categories: Estate Planning|

It’s a great time to be alive! Streaming now on Paramount Plus is Star Trek: Picard, featuring the one and only Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Yes, I’m a big nerd LOL. My name is Odelia Goldberg and I’m a Trekkie (Next Generation). We love what we love. Created in 1966 by Gene Roddenberry, the original Star [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Macaulay Culkin?

2022-05-01T23:35:01-04:00April 29th, 2022|Categories: Trusts|

Macaulay Culkin, one of the most famous child stars of the 90s (so I hear LOL) thanks to his breakthrough performance in Home Alone, is relevant to US because he was emancipated when he was sixteen years old. Emancipation is the removal of disability of nonage (It’s a word!). In other words, emancipation is the [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Tom Petty?

2022-05-01T23:34:04-04:00April 1st, 2022|Categories: Estate Planning|

Rocker Tom Petty died on Oct. 2, 2017, leaving behind his widow and two grown daughters from a previous marriage. Tom put together an estate plan that included a trust (so far so good). He named his wife, Dana York Petty, as the sole trustee (sounds right) but stated that his daughters, ““shall be entitled to participate [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn from the Boar’s Head Beef?

2022-05-01T23:33:02-04:00March 25th, 2022|Categories: Estate Planning|

There’s a new beef among the Boar’s Head heirs LOL. The death of Barbara Brunckhorst, the daughter of one of the Boar’s Head co-founders, triggered a legal dispute between the descendants of the two families that control the meat company. Frank Brunckhorst and Bruno Bischoff started the Brooklyn-born, $1-billion-in-annual-revenue company by selling their meats from horse-drawn wagons [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From The Cars Lead Singer?

2022-05-01T23:12:32-04:00March 11th, 2022|Categories: Florida Law|

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars and successful record producer, married Sport Illustrated swimsuit model, Paulina Porizkova, in 1989. When Ocasek passed away on September 15, 2019, it was Porizkova who discovered his body in the home they still shared, even though they started divorce proceedings in May of 2018. It turns out that Ocasek [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn from Elizabeth Hurley?

2022-05-01T23:11:00-04:00March 4th, 2022|Categories: Estate Planning|

Actress Elizabeth Hurley and her son, Damian Hurley, recently prevailed in a California legal battle over Damian’s inheritance from his billionaire grandfather. As it happens, Hurley and another woman, both had children (Damian and Kira) with the late Stephen Bing, whose father, Dr. Peter Bing, has an estimated $2 billion fortune. A fortune he didn’t want to [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Madonna’s Mansion?

2022-05-01T23:09:23-04:00February 18th, 2022|Categories: Trusts|

In case you haven’t heard; a dog is reportedly selling a Miami home for $31.7 million. The wealthy German shepherd is known as Gunther VI and currently holds a fortune originally inherited by the late Gunther III, who was left millions of dollars when his owner, German countess Karlotta Liebenstein, passed away in 1992. Gunther [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Monty Python?

2022-05-01T23:08:16-04:00February 11th, 2022|Categories: Florida Law, Real Estate|

The Monty Python star, Terry Jones' two children launched a legal battle against his second wife, alleging he lacked 'mental capacity' when he wrote his last will and left her their £2.8m London home before dying from dementia. The Welsh-born comedian passed away last year at the age of 77, nine years after his second marriage [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Kim Kardashian…. Again?

2022-05-01T23:06:09-04:00February 4th, 2022|Categories: Florida Law|

Kim Kardashian is embroiled in a dispute with her neighbor over a new driveway. Kim's neighbor, who cares what her name is LOL, filed a California injunction to stop Kim from building the access road on a strip of land Key claims she owns. The disgruntled neighbor accuses Kimmy of wanting a special driveway that gives her [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Angelina Jolie’s And Brad Pitt’s Dispute?

2022-05-01T23:04:38-04:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Real Estate|

Can you believe that these two are still going at it? Four years after they announced their divorce, they haven’t taken a break, but lucky for us, there’s an interesting development in their case. The original fight appears to be regarding the custody of their kids. LOL by the time they figure this out, the kids will be [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Ed Sheeran?

2022-03-03T16:54:03-05:00January 21st, 2022|Categories: Estate Planning, Wills|

Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran let it slip that he’s building a burial chamber on his Suffolk estate, which he refers to as "Sheeran-ville".  The morbid addition to the Bad Habit singer's home will be located in a church that is currently being constructed on his property. As we can imagine, the extensive renovations and additions [Read More ...]

What Can We Learn From Lucille Ball?

2022-03-03T16:52:53-05:00January 7th, 2022|Categories: Estate Planning, Wills|

Being the Ricardos is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, starring Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball…"Lucy! I'm home!" Our lesson, however, is regarding Lucille Ball’s estate plan. Lucille Ball passed away on April 26, 1989, leaving a second husband (actor Gary Morton) and two children (Lucie and Desi Arnaz Jr.) from her marriage to Desi [Read More ...]

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 ...]