Center for Art Law

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Artist Legacy and Estate Planning Clinic

The death of the artist is inevitable, but artistic legacy can avoid a similar fate. So what happens with an artist’s works after death? Secondary market sales for artists can be an assurance that the artist’s creative output will live on well after the artist themself; yet, relatively few artists reach those secondary markets, leading to the potential loss of 20th and 21st century art. This fact does not escape artists dealing with these uncertainties and ambiguities. 

Artists have options when determining where their art will go and how it will be distributed by their estate. While art transcends time and space, artistic legacy, estate management, and intellectual property are complicated and practical issues that artists should address in due time. The Center for Art Law is rolling up its sleeves and pooling together a taskforce of estate and legacy planning resources and professionals to guide artists and their heirs through this difficult process.

The Artist Legacy and Estate Planning Clinic connects artists, estate administrators, attorneys, tax advisors, and other experts to create meaningful and lasting solutions for expanding the art canon and art legacy planning.

In addition to one-on-one pro bono consultations, the Clinic will offer primers on how to start assessing the physical and IP assets artists create throughout their lives and how their works and influence can have a lasting impact on their community, contemporaries, and generations of artists and viewers. 

In order to better understand how the Center can tailor its services to the artistic community, please answer the following survey before May 17, 2021.


The Artist Legacy and Estate Planning Clinic is launching in the Summer of 2021, stay tuned!

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