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George Clooney Brings Hollywood Sparkle to Estate Planning

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The 2011 George Clooney movie, The Descendants, won five Oscar nominations and centers on the emotional drama of a family struggling with family estrangement, infidelity, unearned riches, and our fragile mortality - a rich and complex story circling around the usually bland and unappealing subject of, you guessed it, estate planning!

Forbes has a fantastic review, including some great takeaways on what NOT to do. Also, apparently, the film does a good job getting the legal details correct:

To most viewers, estate planning themes are secondary to the film‰Ûªs other dramas. But it turns out that the legal issues were painstakingly developed and fact-checked. On location in Hawaii in March, 2010 to get the lay of the land and soak up its culture, Alexander Payne, the director, consulted Randall Roth, a professor at the University of Hawaii School of Law and a nationally known trusts and estates expert.

If you love George Clooney, like family dramas, and don't mind a movie about last wills and testaments, then I've got a recommendation for Friday night.


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