The sudden death of Prince marked anther great loss to music creativity this year. The passing of David Bowie still seems so fresh which makes the loss of Prince even more shocking. Even worse for Prince fans is he died without a will directing proper ownership distribution of assets. Most wills are fairly cut and dry and can be created with an online tool, but individuals with assets as complex as the ones owned by Prince need to see an experienced estate attorney. Below is a Q & A with an attorney that has worked with musicians and their complex estates in the past.
In honor of Pope Francis' visit to Washington DC, The Washington Post ran an article detailing the automobiles used by the Pope to tour the world over the years. It's an interesting look at different papal personalities.
The Washington Post published a great read on a swingers club in Tennessee that is trying to claim "church" status to preserve its location in a suburban neighborhood. The article discusses the judicial and IRS interpretations of "religion" as it outlines what challenges the Tennessee swingers are facing as they fight to preserve their "faith."
Check it out here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/04/23/this-swingers-sex-club-has-rebranded-itself-as-a-church-is-that-all-it-takes/?hpid=z4
Today the Baltimore Sun ran an article on how the residents of Maryland are more prone to complaining to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) than residents of other states. The CFPB is a new agency created by the Dodd-Frank Act that regulates how banks and other financial institutions treat customers. Recently the CFPB created a complaint forum, and Marylanders have not been shy about using it.
The article talks about wealth being a factor in a propensity to complain...what's your take?
The Washington Post published a neat article today portraying the man responsible for training Justice Ginsburg and Kagan among other notable judges. It's always interesting to see the real life personalities behind the highest court in the nation, and I'm glad to see exercise is a priority.
Perhaps, the physical fitness trainer/client relationship should be recognized as privileged confidential communication...
Here's the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/style/personal-trainer-bryant-johnsons-clients-include-two-supreme-court-justices/2013/03/19/ea884018-86a1-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_story.html?tid=wp_ipad
The State of Texas is very forward thinking. Rep Jeff Leach introduced legislation that allows a defendant to be served if the defendant maintains a facebook profile and regularly accesses it.
This would make like a lot easier for Plaintiff's in certain types of cases...divorce and debt collection come to mind.
You can read the bill text here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB1989
Everyone is looking for tax deductions as 2012 comes to a close. Here's a reminder that legal fees fall into that category. So, don't forget the good work your lawyer performed on your behalf
The following NY Times article provides valuable insight into why law school is not as baseless and predatory as other recent articles have suggested,
Maryland's well established law does not hold a bar owner liable for the injury caused by a patron upon leaving the bar. There have been numerous attempts to change this law, but all have stalled.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals will hear a case this Fall that addresses bar owner liability. The ability to judicially overturn an age old law is ripe. It's worth watching.
Here is a link to the case summary:
The New Yorker magazine published some very cool Olympic photos from good times gone past. Glad to see the spirit of international sporting competition is still live and well.