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September 22, 2004 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
More than a year before he died, Marlon Brando traveled north to the Santa Ynez Valley. The destination was a familiar one for the aging movie legend: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, where Brando settled in for a long stay at the home of the pop star who, improbably, had become one of his closest friends. "The last time my father left his house to go anywhere, to spend any kind of time, it was with Michael Jackson," Brando's son Miko, a longtime Jackson employee, recalled. "He loved it....
April 27, 1988 | Associated Press
Liberace's attorney testified Tuesday that he made more than $400,000 in legal fees in 1987 for his work on the late entertainer's estate and trusts. Beverly Hills attorney Joel Strote defended the fees as reasonable for the amount of work he did as executor of Liberace's estate and trustee for two trusts set up by the famed pianist. "This was anything but a windfall," said Strote, who billed the estate $58,475 in one month alone.
February 21, 1988 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
The public is about to get what it always wanted from the late Andy Warhol: a good look at his private life. One of the 20th Century's most celebrated and secretive men, the influential Pop artist made a cult of his fame, but only his closest associates and friends knew the truth: He was born to shop and he died as a pack rat.
May 28, 2000 | INDRANEEL SUR
You may not need a will. Or you may want an elaborately designed trust drafted with the help of lawyers and bankers. Here is a quick guide to common inheritance situations: * Suppose your uncle just died without a will, leaving your aunt and cousins as heirs. Assets such as a home, a car and bank accounts that your uncle and aunt held as joint tenants with the right of survivorship would continue to be held by your aunt. Insurance policies would be paid out to whoever is named as a beneficiary.
Ira Cohen still doesn't think of himself as a millionaire, but, as he discovered a few months ago, it doesn't take that much these days for your assets to add up--big time. The two-story tract house he owns in Glendora was worth several hundred thousand dollars. Thanks partly to the stock-market boom, there was a surprising several hundred thousand more in his 401(k) accounts. And he bought a vacation lot in Tucson that has appreciated in value. His total net worth: $1 million-plus.
Tough new measures are under study by the State Bar of California that would prevent attorneys from preparing wills and trusts that bequeath them substantial gifts from their clients' estates. State Bar President Harvey Saferstein said he has asked a committee that reviews the professional code of conduct for the state's 135,000 lawyers to decide if the bar should adopt provisions to discipline attorneys for drafting wills and trusts that bestow large gifts of stock, money or property on them.
April 20, 1988 | Associated Press
The executor of Liberace's estate said he made a trip to Switzerland a year ago to check out the late entertainer's Swiss bank account, calling the trip "a very sensitive mission." Joel Strote said he wanted to check the files in Zurich personally because he was concerned "that the income may not have been reported." Strote did not expand on the statement. His testimony continued Tuesday afternoon.
December 24, 2004 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Marlon Brando's former business manager filed a $3.5-million claim against the Oscar-winning actor's estate Thursday, alleging that he had sexually harassed her throughout her employment and breached their contract when he removed her as a co-executor of his will, just days before his death. The claim, submitted by attorneys for Jo An Corrales of Kalama, Wash.
July 21, 1990
Relatives of David Rappaport, the dwarf "L.A. Law" actor who committed suicide in May, have gained control of his estate from Los Angeles County officials. A Superior Court commissioner Friday selected Frankie Leigh, the star's cousin and manager, to serve as general administrator of the estate. Leigh had presented letters to the court signed by Rappaport's son and heir, Joseph, the boy's mother and other relatives who backed her appointment.
May 31, 1988
The 2.1-acre La Canada Flintridge estate of Dr. Samuel Ayres has been sold by the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum Foundation. Ayres, an avid horticulturist who was known as a promoter of flowering trees in Los Angeles, had donated the estate to the arboretum before he died in November. He was 94. "We advertised it as a mini-arboretum," said real estate agent Jane Parsons of Pasadena.
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