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Deckman 18 Aug 09 - 09:26 PM
Rapparee 18 Aug 09 - 09:44 PM
Janie 18 Aug 09 - 10:08 PM
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Subject: Your music legacy
From: Deckman
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 09:26 PM

Bob Nelson, here in the Seattle area. I had an eye opening experience yesterday when I spent some hours, along with other volunteers, going through the musical legacy of the late John Ross. John passed away last Spring and he died with NO WILL.

I was simply astounded, and somewhat overwhelmed, with the volume of his collection. Proabably in the neighborhood of 3,000 vinyl records, at least 25 boxes of R/R tape recordings, many of them are the ten inch size. And more books that I have years left to read them.

Because he left no will, the dispersing of his estate, home, car, bank accounts, savings accounts, books, records, tapes, equipment, etc., will be sold this coming Saturday at a public estate sale. All the proceeds will go to two family cousins.

Yesterday I spent much time in discussions with Maggie Allen, the paralegal representing the estate. I learned a lot from her. She explained the ins and out of property dispersal when there is no will.

If only John had left a legally filed will, it would have been so simple. The will could have named "someone in charge." As it is, we were very fortunate that the Seattle Folklore Society stepped up with the necessary funds and purchased outright most of John's collection.

Now the next, and most difficult step, is to find people with the expertise, equipment, knowledge and skills and interest to go through those thousands of hours of recordings, catalog them, digitze them, and make them available to the world. This will not be an easy task.

My lecture is over ... with these final words ... MAKE A WILL NOW, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! Bob Nelson, in Everett, Washington, who made his will 14 years ago!

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Subject: RE: Your music legacy
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 09:44 PM

...and left everything he has, except his debts, to me.

I agree, Bob. We made our wills a couple years back. Yeah, it costs, but it can REALLY cost if you don't.

Once you're dead no one can know your wishes. State them before you go -- and pay a lawyer to be sure it'd done right.

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Subject: RE: Your music legacy
From: Janie
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 10:08 PM

Good advice, Bob, whether or not one has an extensive and significant collection related to folk music.   

For those of us without much money for attorneys, I was quite satisfied with the Will (and a Living Will) I had done with an on-line outfit,

I researched my options and their costs quite thoroughly before choosing Legal Zoom, and feel comfortable recommending them to folks with generally uncomplicated finances and assets, but that may include bequests (such as Bob describes) to maintain the intellectual or academic utility or value of an extensive or unusual collection of knowledge and information gathered over a life time. Probably a good idea to talk in advance to the people or institutions to ascertain if they can preserve or promote the collection according to your desires.

Complicated estates warrant direct consultation and services of an attorney who specializes in such things, including tax issues.

Regardless, do your family a favor. Make a Will.


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Subject: RE: Your music legacy
From: Deckman
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 10:00 PM

refresh please

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