In the music world, big hits come and go, but for a song to remain popular 30 years after its release is extremely rare. When these exceptional pop treasures do emerge, it can mean a lifetime of royalties for the artist.  But if the record company doesn’t accurately report those numbers, the songwriter must take swift and aggressive legal action to get paid what they’re due.

In my last post, I discussed the possible effects a divorce may have on your estate planning, specifically the Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (ATROs) that snap into place as soon as your dissolution is filed. So what steps can you take before filing to protect your right to engage in estate planning free from the ATROs?

If divorce is in your future, or you have already filed or been served with a Petition for Dissolution, protection of your assets should be in the forefront of your thoughts.

In our last post we discussed advisable year-end tax-planning moves for individuals under current tax laws. Here, we’ll discuss actions businesses may consider before the end of the year to minimize their own tax obligations.

Your year-end tax planning may be particularly challenging this year, as Congress has yet to act on a host of tax breaks expiring at the end of 2014.

I recently moderated a panel for the California Copyright Conference entitled “Streaming for Dollars,” that addressed the music industry’s current evolution from an “ownership” model to an “access” model.