This section will provide you with an overview of certain legal issues you should be aware of when you are planning your estate. First of all, three general reminders:
Start planning and make decisions while you are wellPlanning effectively for the disposition and preservation of your work will take some time and you should not be rushed when making decisions.
Involve either a private lawyer or the legal department of an AIDS service providerMistakes can be avoided by using the services of a lawyer. Consider that estate and property laws vary from state to state.
Everyone has an estate.A will is the traditional way to distribute property after death. Almost everyone is resistant to making a will but everyone should have one, regardless of health status. This is particularly true of you as an artist, because while you may or may not have a great deal of money, you do have property that needs to be cared foryour art.
A will names an executor, the person responsible for administering your estate. A will also names one or more beneficiaries who will receive your property after death. Your executor should ideally be knowledgeable about your field if he or she will need to make informed decisions about your work.