Artists and Entertainers Need Wills and Trusts, Too

Jan 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Many people think wills and trusts are just for millionaires. However, artists, writers and entertainers whose work lives on after they’ve died have special needs for estate planning.

Professor Sherri Burr joins host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on Toginet 2.0 Talk Radio to discuss estate planning for artists and entertainers, as well as your average person.

Sherri Burr

Prof. Sherri Burr

Sherri Burr is a Yale Law School graduate and the Regents’ Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico where she teaches Wills & Trusts, Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment Law, and Art Law. She is the author or co-author of 19 books, including Wills & Trusts in a Nutshell 4th Edition and Entertainment Law in a Nutshell 3rd Edition. In April, West Academic will publish A Short and Happy Guide to Financial Well Being, which includes a chapter on estate planning.

Topics include:

  • How to manage intellectual property and images from beyond the grave
  • Ways that artists can protect their art through copyright and other rights
  • The legal and business relationships between entertainers and the commercial industries in film, television and theatre
  • how you can protect yourself and your Intellectual Property, one of the most dynamic sectors in the U.S. and world economy
  • What can happen when you die without a valid will in place

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A Good Goodbye is an entertaining and educational weekly 60-minute online radio show on “everything you need to know before you go.”  The program airs live on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. MT / 3:00 p.m. PT on TogiNet 2.0 Radio.

Each show becomes available as a podcast shortly after each live program. All past program podcasts on A Good Goodbye radio can be downloaded for free from iTunes, TogiNet 2.0 Radio or

Upcoming topics and guests:

  • February 19: Buddhist funeral traditions with Reverend Harry Gyokyo Bridge, minister of the Buddhist Church of Oakland
  • February 26: Carol Fleet Brody, author of Happily EVEN After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond!) the Grief of Widowhood

A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family. Host Gail Rubin, CT, brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan.

By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.”

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Gail Rubin, funeral expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is a Certified Thanatologist (that’s a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, and insurance agent.

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. She is Vice President of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of New Mexico, helping to start conversations across religions. Her website is

Contact: Gail Rubin, PH: 505-265-7215

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