Estate Planning Week 2021: Learn How to Protect Your Work and Plan for the Future!
Oct 15, 2021
DGCM Estate Planning Week

“Estate planning is especially important for dramatists, who own their own copyrights. Those copyrights will last for life, plus an additional 70 years. Many dramatists have yet to consider what will happen to their work when they are no longer there to protect it. The DG©M is here to help dramatists explore the process of estate and legacy planning.” -Deborah Murad, Executive Director of the DG©M

This October, join DG Copyright Management for Estate and Legacy Planning Week. We've curated a week of special programming just for you, with special panels, articles, and videos addressing the importance of estate and legacy planning. 

From October 18-October 22, the DG©M will offer special webinars and share resources, including articles and videos, on the importance of Estate and Legacy Planning. Guest panelists will include playwrights/librettists Lynn Nottage and Doug Wright, playwright and former artistic director of The McCarter Theatre, Emily Mann, the Ransom Center's Eric Colleary, estate planning attorney Max Elliott, the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust's Joi Gresham, and more.

We're pleased to bring these events to the public at no cost, but space is limited. Reserve your spot(s) today! 

 

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Monday, October 18


 

Estate Planning for All

Eastern Time: 3pm
Central Time: 2pm
Mountain Time: 1pm
Pacific Time: 12pm

Learn how to craft an estate plan for LGBTQ+ families! We kick-off National Estate and Legacy Planning Awareness week with a special presentation by Max Elliott, an Illinois estate and business planning and estate administration attorney.  Ms. Elliott will take us through some estate planning basics with a particular emphasis on the unique considerations faced by the LGBTQ+ communities.  What issues do LGBTQ+ families face despite the progress that has been made?  How can families craft estate plans that withstand political shifts? What sort of estate planning tools and provisions should you be aware of so that your wishes are upheld?
 

In Conversation: The Legacy in Our Writing and The Legacy We Leave Behind with Doug Wright and Emily Mann

Eastern Time: 6pm
Central Time: 5pm
Mountain Time: 4pm
Pacific Time: 3pm

What does legacy mean to you? Find out how to curate your own legacy through your writing! Join playwright/artistic director Emily Mann and Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright/librettist Doug Wright for an in-depth conversation exploring the impact of legacy on the work of dramatists. This panel will address why dramatists write about legacy, what it means to present a version of a historical figure in one's writing, and how writers curate their own creative legacy in the process. 

 

Tuesday, October 19



Documenting Your Legacy 

Eastern Time: 3pm
Central Time: 2pm
Mountain Time: 1pm
Pacific Time: 12pm


Create your own archive! Have you ever considered curating your own archive?  What documents should be saved? What can be thrown away?  How do you find a home for your papers? Join Deborah Murad of DG Copyright Management for a Q&A with Dr. Eric Colleary, Cline Curator of Theatre & Performing Arts at the Harry Ransom Center, the internationally renowned humanities research center at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Colleary will offer expert advice on how to preserve your legacy and reflect on his work with the American Theatre Archive Project. 

 

Wednesday, October 20


 

Retirement Secrets for Creative Entrepreneurs


Eastern Time: 6pm
Central Time: 5pm
Mountain Time: 4pm
Pacific Time: 3pm

Learn how to make a plan for your retirement! Did you know as a creative individual there are special things you can do to prepare for retirement (even if you never plan to stop making work)? Join DG Copyright Management on October 20 at 6pm for a webinar led by Minerva Financial Arts' Elaine Grogan Luttrell on how to prepare your finances for retirement and beyond. Topics will include retirement plans available to self-employed creatives, minimizing your taxable estate, the benefits of creating a living trust, and more. 
 

 

Thursday, October 21


 

DG Copyright Management: Where You Fit In

Thursday, October 21
Eastern Time: 3pm
Central Time: 2pm
Mountain Time: 1pm
Pacific Time: 12pm


Learn how DG Copyright Management can help protect your work! For a dramatist, estate planning means selecting someone to administer and manage your work, protect it, uphold your authorial intent, and celebrate your legacy. What if we told you that the Dramatists Guild established a company to do just that while also ensuring that your heirs benefit financially and that your work would directly support future dramatists? Join Executive Director of DG Copyright Management, Deborah Murad, for an informational session on how DG Copyright Management may fit in your estate plan.
 

In Conversation: Lynn Nottage sits down with Joi Gresham of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust

Eastern Time: 6pm
Central Time: 5pm
Mountain Time: 4pm
Pacific Time: 3pm

Learn what it means to manage a literary trust!
Playwright and newly appointed DG Copyright Management Board member, Lynn Nottage sits down with Joi Gresham, the Successor Executor to the Literary Estate of Lorraine Hansberry. Learn what it means to be the executor and literary trustee of an author and about Joi's specific approach to issues regarding Hansberry's authorial intent and legacy!

 

Friday, October 22


 

A Two In One:  Celebrity Lessons in Estate Planning / What Every Copyright Owner Needs to Know

Eastern Time: 3pm
Central Time: 2pm
Mountain Time: 1pm
Pacific Time: 12pm

Discover how copyright law can make or break your estate plan! A poorly constructed estate plan is as good as no plan at all!  Join us for a very special double feature featuring copyright attorney Lloyd Jassin of the Law Offices of Lloyd Jassin and trusts and estates attorney and accountant Ronald Finkelstein of Marcum LLP.  This session will explore the need for a proper estate plan as illustrated by celebrity mishaps and cover the unique attributes of copyright law that might intersect or upset your estate plan.  We will cover reversion, copyright valuation, literary executorships, taxes, and more! A 'not to be missed' session for every copyright owner.
 

DG Copyright Management: Where You Fit In


Eastern Time: 6pm
Central Time: 5pm
Mountain Time: 4pm
Pacific Time: 3pm


Learn how DG Copyright Management can help protect your work! For a dramatist, estate planning means selecting someone to administer and manage your work, protect it, uphold your authorial intent, and celebrate your legacy. What if we told you that the Dramatists Guild established a company to do just that while also ensuring that your heirs benefit financially and that your work would directly support future dramatists? Join Executive Director of DG Copyright Management, Deborah Murad, for an informational session on how DG Copyright Management may fit in your estate plan.

 


 

DG Copyright Management is an estate planning consultancy and copyright management company formed by the Dramatists Guild.  We are here for you. Whether you are concerned about the tax implications of your gift or wish to leave a stream of income to a beneficiary, we will work with you and your attorney to find a planning option that meets your specific needs.  Contact us today to see how we can help secure your place in the future of dramatic writing. ​ 

Questions? For more information on Estate Planning Week and/or DGCM, please contact Deborah Murad at dmurad@dramatistsguild.com.


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