Copyright in most countries is 50-70 years after the death of the author and your intellectual property assets can go on earning for your heirs and successors … but only if you make the right preparations in advance. In today's interview, I talk to attorney Kathryn Goldman about appropriate estate planning for indie authors.
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Kathryn Goldman is an intellectual property attorney who protects writers, artists, filmmakers and businesses from having their work and art ripped off.
- Why Kathryn thinks artists have an aversion to legal matters.
- What estate planning is and why it matters.
- Why estate planning is so new for indie authors, and when authors should begin to think about it.
- The areas of an indie author's business that should be covered by a will and the things that are handled separately.
- What a literary trustee is, what they do, how to choose one and why they matter for indie authors.
- The additional issues when an author has a company that publishes her books.
- The industry standard earnings for a literary trustee.
- The differences between countries for copyright law, estates and trusts.