Authors: How to simplify your Last Will and Testament: Michael La Ronn shares tips.
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Queen Elizabeth 11 passed this week (September 9, 2022) reminding us of our own mortality.
And co-incidentally, this was when this interview with Michael La Ronn took place.

There are strict protocols to follow in the UK to ensure King Charles 111 became king immediately on the queen's passing. But what protocols do you as an author or creator of digital assets need to ensure you leave a tidy last will and testament?

Michael La Ronn, author of 80 books, shares lessons learned from how he recently updated his own will, while also compiling his advice into two books, The Author Estate Handbook, How to Organize your Affairs and Leave a Legacy and The Heir Estate Handbook.

We discuss invaluable tips from these books, including:

  •  How his grandfather's passing inspired him to follow his example and make a will and last wishes easy for his family and heirs to execute.
  • Why you many need two attorneys - or at least one familiar with intellectual property and copyright on books and digital assets.
  • How Michael Crichton, one of the most successful authors ever (Juraissic Park, the Andromeda Strain, ER etc) inadvertently left his unborn son out of his will - and how this caused a long and painful court battle for his 5th wife.
  • How to ensure your heirs do not get locked out of your bank or social media accounts.
  • The three stages to getting organized long before your passing - including the difficult conversation with your heir or heirs about how to manage an author business - or if they even would want to!

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