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Top-earning dead rock stars

Forbes’ list of top-earning deceased musicians for 2014 came out recently and the amounts of money being earned by their estates is stunning.  Here are the results of this year’s list: Michael Jackson’s estate came in first at $140 million. Elvis Presley’s estate takes second at $55 million. Finishing inRead More…

Insurance company does not want to pay for Sir Mick Jagger’s grief

Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger, was diagnosed with acute traumatic stress disorder in the wake of long time companion L’Wren Scott’s death.  When he became depressed after Ms. Scott hung herself, he was told by a doctor not to perform for one month.  The Stones were subsequently forced to postponeRead More…

Caps on Medical Malpractice Recoveries Negatively Impact Safety — Northwestern Univ. Study

A recently published study from Northwestern University reviewed whether tort law deters negligent behavior.  The study found consistent evidence that patient safety generally falls after medical malpractice reforms, compared to control states. The study examined whether medical malpractice reforms affected in-hospital patient safety, using Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) – measuresRead More…

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail — Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Unfortunately, when it comes to checking tasks off your to-do list, estate planning is probably at the bottom of the list.   According to legal services website Rocket Lawyer, 64% of Americans don’t even have a basic will.   But as the old adage goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. Although it’sRead More…

Asbestos in talcum powder as a cause of mesothelioma

The ordinary use of talcum powder causes exposure to asbestos fibers and can cause mesothelioma.  This is one of the conclusions drawn from a recent study published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.  Ronald E. Gordon, Sean Fitzgerald, and James Millette published the study of a majorRead More…

Casey Kasem’s Sad Story Points Out The Importance Of End-Of-Life Planning

The sad story of Casey Kasem and the bitter dispute between his wife Jean and his children from his first marriage points out the importance of end-of-life planning.  Due to Mr. Kasem’s dementia he was unable to make medical decisions as his health deteriorated.  Apparently things got so bad thatRead More…

Judicial Candidates Commission – Summit County Ohio

I recently served on the Judicial Candidates Commission for the Akron Bar Association.  The Commission interviewed all 22 judicial candidates in Summit County on the November 2014 ballot and gave ratings to each.  You can view the ratings at this site:   You Be The Judge – Summit County.

Is There Really $30 Billion in Asbestos Trusts Just Waiting to be Claimed?

Is there really $30 Billion in asbestos trusts just waiting to be tapped?  Some advertisements and websites would suggest that the money is just there for the taking.  And there are those that are suggesting there is something inherently fraudulent about this system.  Neither suggestion is accurate.  There is noRead More…

Annie Zhang and Attorney R. Bryan Nace will host a free Estate Planning Seminar with dinner at Bravo! Cucina Italiana on September 18, 2014.

Plan for the future.   An estate plan helps put you in control. Learn ways to protect and care for the people and things you love.  Ameriprise Financial invites you to join us for a free seminar.   Hosted and presented by Annie Zhang, Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial, and R.Read More…

R. Bryan Nace is now Chair of the Probate Law Section

R. Bryan Nace is now Chairperson of the Probate Law Section of the Akron Bar Association. The Probate Section is gearing up for an interesting year of activities including continuing legal education regarding probate administration, trusts, and estate planning.