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Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Teaches Lesson In Estate Planning

Sam Simon is a co-creator and executive producer of the longest running scripted primetime show ever:  The Simpsons.  Simon, however, clashed with the other Simpsons’ creators and left the show in 1993, after only four seasons.  Co-creator Matt Groening called Simon and “brilliantly funny” but “unpleasant and mentally unbalanced.”  D’Oh!  Sam Simon

In hindsight, Simon should also be described as a brilliant businessman.  He negotiated to keep executive producer credits for the show and a share of The Simpson’s profits each year, including the highly-lucrative home media distribution.  So despite having left the show 20 years ago, Simon is still listed as an executive producer on each episode.  And his profits keep rolling in, year after year.

Interestingly, Simon appears embarrassed by how much money he still receives — tens of millions of dollars each year, as he’s revealed in media interviews.  He’s said it’s far more money than he could ever need.  Because Simon is divorced, and has no children (although he is engaged), Simon says his family members are already Read more...

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Brain Walker Estate Fight: Widow of England millionaire in an interesting estate fight

Battles over the assets of those who have passed are far too common, for millionaires and non-millionaires alike.  Usually they involve whether someone was competent when a will or trust change was made, whether a joint bank account owner was supposed to share with the rest of the family, who gets the wedding ring, or other disputes over money and property.

But some fights aren’t about money.

59-year old Andrea Walker was crushed when her 64-year old husband died of pancreatic cancer last August.  The couple (who owned a 1000-year-old castle turned into a luxury hotel) had a rocky relationship at times.  In fact, the husband, Brian Walker, reportedly told Andrea he was leaving her in November, 2008, only to return when his cancer was diagnosed a few months later.  They were very close in the months leading up to his demise, with Andrea devoting herself to Brian’s care.

At least Andrea thought they were very close.

Shortly after he passed, she found a red file Brian had kept. What

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Farrah Fawcett trust in the midst of ugly lawsuit

Richard Francis is the trustee of The Fawcett Living Trust, Farrah Fawcett’s trust which details how she wanted her money to pass.  You can read the Probate Lawyer Blog’s prior article discussing this interesting trust here.  

On behalf of the trust, Francis sued Hollywood producer Craig Nevius accusing him of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Fawcett’s company and botching production of a television documentary showing her struggles with cancer.

Nevius is not taking the lawsuit lying down.  In fact, he says the entire case is a thinly-disguised attempt by Francis to use money from Fawcett’s trust to protect his own interests.  Nevius had already sued Francis, as well as Ryan O’Neal (Fawcett’s longtime companion) and her friend Alana Stewart when Nevius felt they wrongly excluded him from producing the documentary, which aired on NBC in May of 2009.  In other words, Nevius says that this lawsuit by Francis is retaliation to get back at him for his lawsuit.

But, that’s just the beginning of the fireworks.  Nevius

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