The law firm of Manatt Phelps & Phillips has recently released an article comparing recent judicial rulings affecting the Right of Publicity of Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe. Mark Lee, co-author of the article, has been involved in a number of landmark Right of Publicity cases over the years.
One takeaway from these similar cases with opposing results is that domicile should be part of comprehensive estate planning for those personalities with a potentially valuable Right of Publicity and the ability to move from one state to another. Of course, the criteria for properly establishing domicile would have to be met, as merely owning property in a state does not render that state one’s domicile.
Remember: a person can be a resident of multiple states or jurisdictions, but a domiciliary of only one.
I humbly suggest Indiana as a potential domicile for any such candidates.
Here is a link to the article: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=320642b1-2f3b-4362-ac31-9c1bfc144902&utm_source=Lexology+Daily+Newsfeed&utm_medium=HTML+email+-+Body+-+Federal+section&utm_campaign=Lexology+subscriber+daily+feed&utm_content=Lexology+Daily+Newsfeed+2012-06-28&utm_term=