Britney Spears Felt Trapped. Her Business Manager Benefited.

Louise Taylor faces questions about whether she improperly enriched herself as the pop star’s business manager.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #calvary-chapel, #conflicts-of-interest, #conservatorships, #harder-charles-j, #high-net-worth-individuals, #ingham-samuel-d-iii, #pop-and-rock-music, #rosengart-mathew-s, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #stonebridge-wealth-management, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taylor-louise-m, #tri-star-sportsentertainment-group, #wills-and-estates

After 15 Years of Infighting, James Brown’s Estate Is Sold

The sale to Primary Wave Music, for an estimated $90 million, provides resources to ultimately realize the musician’s wish to fund scholarships for needy children.

#brown-james-1933-2006, #music, #primary-wave-music, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

What Should We Do With Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt’s Island?

In the 1970s, the artists bought a rocky strip of land off the coast of Maine. Now, it’s a place for others to wrestle with their legacies.

#art, #holt-nancy-1938-2014, #holt-smithson-foundation, #maine, #smithson-robert, #t-winter-travel, #wills-and-estates

Judge Rules to End Britney Spears’s Conservatorship

The pop star had called the arrangement, which governed her life for nearly 14 years, exploitative. A judge ruled it was “no longer required.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #decisions-and-verdicts, #penny-brenda, #pop-and-rock-music, #rosengart-mathew-s, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Will the Britney Spears Conservatorship End Today?

A hearing in Los Angeles probate court on Friday could mark the final chapter of a 13-year saga for the singer. Here’s what is at stake.

#pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

At Britney Spears’s Hearing, This Twitter Feed Scooped the World

With a deft plan, @BritneyLawArmy kept everyone outside the courtroom abreast of developments in a crucial moment in the singer’s conservatorship.

#britney-law-army, #decisions-and-verdicts, #los-angeles-calif, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #spears-britney, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #twitter, #wills-and-estates

Judge Frees Britney Spears From Father’s Control

The singer will be without James P. Spears’s oversight over her finances for the first time since 2008 after a judge ruled that the “current situation is not tenable.”

#decisions-and-verdicts, #penny-brenda, #pop-and-rock-music, #rosengart-mathew-s, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears Conservatorship Hearing: What’s at Stake Now?

A judge may take up whether her father should be ousted as her conservator, and whether the arrangement should be ended entirely.

#pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears: End Conservatorship, but Remove My Father First

The singer’s lawyer requested the installation of a temporary conservator, citing her need to negotiate a prenuptial agreement and ongoing “anguish and harm.”

#pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears’s Father Files to End Her Conservatorship

In a new petition, lawyers for James P. Spears wrote that if the singer “believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”

#pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #wills-and-estates

Max Liebermann’s Heirs Compensated for Nazi-Looted Painting

A German foundation, which holds Liebermann’s portrait of his wife and two other works from the Jewish artist’s collection, will retain them but is paying a settlement.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bavaria-germany, #compensation-for-damages-law, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #liebermann-max, #museums, #schafer-georg-museum, #wills-and-estates

Denmark Now Has Two Little Mermaids. The Famous One Is Suing.

The heirs of the artist behind the Copenhagen landmark want a similar statue torn down. And they want compensation, too.

#asaa-denmark, #copenhagen-denmark, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #denmark, #eriksen-edvard, #moerk-palle, #sculpture, #wills-and-estates

The Resilience of New York’s Black Homeowners

Black homeownership has declined in the city and nationally in the last 20 years, hindered by gentrification and inequitable lending policies.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #black-people, #credit-and-debt, #crown-heights-brooklyn-ny, #discrimination, #foreclosures, #gentrification, #minorities, #mortgages, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #segregation-and-desegregation, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears Judge Denies Motion to Expedite Hearing About Her Father

A judge overseeing the singer’s case ruled that a court date to address removing or suspending James P. Spears as conservator would remain scheduled for September.

#penny-brenda, #pop-and-rock-music, #rosengart-mathew-s, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Testing Britney Spears: Restoring Rights Can Be Rare and Difficult

To get out of conservatorship, the pop star will likely have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, an uneasy melding of legal standards and mental health criteria.

#california, #los-angeles-calif, #mental-health-and-disorders, #pop-and-rock-music, #psychology-and-psychologists, #spears-britney, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Prominent Lawyer in Discussions to Represent Britney Spears

Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, plans to attend a hearing on Wednesday and make the case that the singer should be permitted to hire him for her conservatorship battle.

#mathew-rosengart, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears’s Courtroom Plea Spurs Questions for Her Lawyer

The singer said she had not known she needed to petition the court to be released from her conservatorship, placing a focus on the court-appointed counsel who has represented her for 13 years.

#ingham-samuel-d-iii, #legal-profession, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

The Britney Spears Testimony, as Heard From Outside the Courtroom

While Ms. Spears addressed a judge remotely on Wednesday, fans and conservatorship activists were outside the courthouse, backing her up.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #los-angeles-calif, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears: ‘I Just Want My Life Back’

After requesting to address the judge directly, the singer gave an impassioned speech about her treatment under the conservatorship that controls her life and finances.

#pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Was This Picasso Lost Because of the Nazis? Heirs and Bavaria Disagree.

Officials have refused to refer a dispute over the work held by the state painting collections to a national commission created to review claims of art lost in the Nazi era.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bavaria-germany, #bavarian-state-painting-collections, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #mendelssohn-bartholdy-paul-von, #picasso-pablo, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Ron Lieber: Invest in the People You Love

If you’re emerging from the pandemic in better financial shape than before, ask yourself this: What will you spend to renew your bonds, and how will you do it?

#content-type-service, #families-and-family-life, #friendship, #personal-finances, #wills-and-estates

What Happens to Philip Roth’s Legacy Now?

His single authorized biography is mired in controversy. Scholars say it shouldn’t be the last word, but they are struggling for access to his vast and in some cases inaccessible private archives.

#archives-and-records, #bailey-blake, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress, #manuscripts, #nadel-ira-b, #newark-public-library, #norton-w-wco, #philip-roth-the-biography-book, #princeton-university, #research, #roth-philip, #sexual-harassment, #skyhorse-publishing, #wills-and-estates, #writing-and-writers

What Kenzo Left Behind

An auction of the estate of Kenzo Takada, who died last year, was a lot more popular than anyone expected.

#art, #artcurial, #auctions, #christies, #design, #fashion-and-apparel, #paris-france, #takada-kenzo, #wills-and-estates

I’m the Executor of My Mother’s Estate. What Happens if Her Stuff Doesn’t Sell?

Executors are expected to make prudent decisions about how to liquidate an estate, but what if it’s not as valuable as they think?

#appraisals-and-valuation-property, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wills-and-estates

Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Winner in Tax Judge’s Ruling

The decision on the value of Mr. Jackson’s name and likeness will significantly lower his estate’s tax burden from the government’s first assessment.

#celebrities, #decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-taxes-us, #internal-revenue-service, #jackson-michael, #pop-and-rock-music, #sony-music, #sony-atv-music-publishing, #wills-and-estates

How the Wealthy Are Planning for Biden’s Tax Increases

Financial advisers say they have been flooded with calls from clients who are trying to predict which of President Biden’s tax proposals will become law.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-gains-tax, #content-type-service, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #inheritance-and-estate-taxes, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #wills-and-estates

Samsung Family to Pay South Korea’s Largest Inheritance Tax Bill

The Samsung family in South Korea will also donate billions of dollars’ worth of art, including Picasso and Monet.

#art, #corporations, #family-business, #inheritance-and-estate-taxes, #lee-jae-yong-1968, #lee-kun-hee, #samsung-ct-corp, #samsung-electronics-co, #samsung-group, #south-korea, #tax-evasion, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears Asks to Address Court Overseeing Her Conservatorship

A lawyer for the singer told the judge presiding in her case that Spears was seeking to speak to the court on an “expedited basis.”

#pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #wills-and-estates

Maine Officials Say Artist’s Estate Overpaid Lawyers by $3.7 Million

The attorney general demanded in a court filing that the executor for Robert Indiana’s estate repay almost half its legal expenses so far.

#art, #attorneys-general, #indiana-robert, #museums, #philanthropy, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Opera’s Biggest Fan Leaves Behind a Sprawling Time Capsule

Pavarotti, Domingo, Sills, Fleming and many more: Perhaps 200,000 autographs are piled in a vacant East Village apartment.

#kirschenbaum-lois-1932-2021, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-public-library-for-the-performing-arts, #opera, #wills-and-estates

Burt Pugach, Protagonist of a Strange Tabloid Love Story, Dies at 93

In 1959, he had his lover blinded. When he got out of prison, he married her. He called their relationship “a storybook romance.”

#adultery, #deaths-obituaries, #domestic-violence, #pugach-burton, #pugach-linda-riss-1937-2013, #wills-and-estates

Howard Weitzman, Defense Lawyer for the Famous, Dies at 81

A master practitioner of the courthouse-steps news conference, he often made his case in the court of public opinion. He also made lawsuits disappear.

#celebrities, #deaths-obituaries, #jackson-michael, #legal-profession, #news-and-news-media, #simpson-o-j, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #weitzman-howard-1939-2021, #wills-and-estates

It May Be Time to Start Worrying About the Estate Tax

Most people have been able to pass on assets like a family home without federal tax, but that could be changing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-service, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #inheritance-and-estate-taxes, #personal-finances, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-shelters, #taxation, #wills-and-estates

Britney Spears’s Father Says He Hopes She Won’t Need a Conservatorship

The father’s lawyer shared his opinions on the conservatorship on CNN and NBC News recently, almost a month after a documentary examining the arrangement was released.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Aretha Franklin’s Estate Signs Tentative Deal Over Back Taxes Owed

While the estate continues to dispute the amount sought by the I.R.S., it has agreed to pay or put aside the bulk of its earnings from royalties and other revenue streams.

#federal-taxes-us, #franklin-aretha, #music, #wills-and-estates

‘Framing Britney Spears’ Filmmakers Talk About Their Process

The director and a senior editor of the Times documentary answered viewer questions about the media response, the star’s mother and searching for clues on Instagram.

#celebrities, #documentary-films-and-programs, #forbes-magazine, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #fx-tv-network, #movies, #social-media, #spears-jamie-1952, #television, #wills-and-estates

Hitchens Biography Proceeds, Against His Widow’s Wishes

Carol Blue-Hitchens and her late husband’s literary agent are discouraging friends from participating in a book tentatively titled “Pamphleteer: The Life and Times of Christopher Hitchens.”

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #hitchens-christopher, #norton-w-wco, #pamphleteer-the-life-and-times-ofchristopher-hitchens-book, #phillips-stephen, #wills-and-estates, #writing-and-writers

As Bitcoin’s Price Surges, Affluent Investors Start to Take a Look

Cryptocurrencies, originally a way to conduct business outside the financial system, are increasingly seen as an asset akin to private equity or venture capital.

#bitcoin-currency, #content-type-service, #high-net-worth-individuals, #mtgox-co-ltd, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #virtual-currency, #wills-and-estates

What Jeffrey Epstein Did to Earn $158 Million From Leon Black

Mr. Epstein specialized in aggressively pitching ways to minimize paying taxes. And not just to Mr. Black, the private equity chief executive who was his main benefactor in his later years.

#apollo-global-management, #black-leon-d, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #wills-and-estates

The Estate Tax May Change Under Biden, Affecting Far More People

In contrast to previous changes, the tax code could be modified in a way that affects everyone who has something of value to leave to heirs.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-gains-tax, #content-type-service, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #inheritance-and-estate-taxes, #personal-finances, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wills-and-estates

The Power (and Joy) of Being Prepared

An important lesson of 2020 is that preparation for a health crisis is a gift to the people you love. Today’s Well challenge shows you how.

#aarp, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies, #wills-and-estates

I.R.S. Says Prince’s Estate Worth Twice What Administrators Reported

The federal government is seeking nearly $39 million in taxes and fees based on a valuation of Prince’s assets that his estate disputes.

#comerica-bank, #federal-taxes-us, #minneapolis-minn, #paisley-park-chanhassen-minn, #pop-and-rock-music, #prince-1958, #wills-and-estates

New Arrests in Killing of White South African Farmer

A case that made headlines because of perceived racial overtones has taken on new implications after the arrest of the victim’s wife.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-people, #cape-town-south-africa, #carlson-tucker, #fox-news-channel, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #stellenbosch-south-africa, #wills-and-estates

Jeffrey Epstein Victim Fund Gets More Claims Than Expected

A victim compensation fund has already paid out millions of dollars, with more claims expected to be approved in the coming weeks.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #compensation-for-damages-law, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

The Rich Kids Who Want to Tear Down Capitalism

Socialist-minded millennial heirs are trying to live their values by getting rid of their money.

#democratic-socialists-of-america, #income-inequality, #millennial-generation, #philanthropy, #resource-generation, #wills-and-estates

Making Financial Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts

The president-elect is considering tax changes that could affect stock sales, selling a family business and leaving money to heirs. But we still don’t know how much he’ll be able to do.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-gains-tax, #content-type-service, #family-business, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-tax, #internal-revenue-service, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wills-and-estates

U.A.E. Changes Laws to Attract Foreign Tourists and Investment

The United Arab Emirates is abolishing lenient sentences for so-called honor killings, loosening alcohol restrictions and lessening the sway of Islamic law over foreigners.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #adultery, #alcoholic-beverages, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #foreign-investments, #israel, #muslims-and-islam, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #shariah-islamic-law, #united-arab-emirates, #wills-and-estates, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Mary Trump Sues President Trump and Family, Claiming Fraud

Two months after she claimed in a tell-all book that her family cheated her out of her inheritance, Ms. Trump made similar allegations in a civil suit in Manhattan.

#frauds-and-swindling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #trump-mary-l, #trump-robert-s-1948, #wills-and-estates

Tax Strategies to Embrace, or Avoid, Before the November Election

No one knows the outcome of the presidential race or how Congress could adjust the tax code next year. But there are changes taxpayers can make now, financial advisers say.

#federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-tax, #individual-retirement-accounts, #personal-finances, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wills-and-estates

With Adult Children Home, Now’s the Time: Talk About Your Money

Riding out the pandemic with family presents the perfect chance to lay it all out: priorities, account balances, end-of-life directives.

#brookings-institution, #center-for-retirement-research-at-boston-college, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies, #personal-finances, #retirement, #wills-and-estates