Estate planning for artists, authors, songwriters, and musicians is a little different than planning for us non-artist folks, primarily because of copyrights and publishing rights. I often advise artist clients to appoint an "Artistic Advisor" in their Wills or trust instruments. This is particularly useful for artist clients who don't have other individuals available to make informed decisions regarding their body of work. The Artistic Advisor can be an agent, manager, publicist, curator, educator, or other professional or expert in the particular area of art. Designating an Artistic Advisor can help artists and their families gain a level of comfort with their estate plans that otherwise may not be achieved.
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