The court recently ruled that 88 of the books should remain with the Philadelphia museum but the rest should go to the estate.

It is important to be as precise as possible when creating an estate plan. While to some experts it might seem obvious whether or not a particular book edition is rare, the term leaves room for disagreement as this lawsuit illustrates.

Sendak could have been specific about exactly which titles he wished to remain at the museum in Philadelphia and which he wanted to belong in a new museum in Connecticut.

Consult with an estate planning attorney who can guide you in being specific in setting up your estate plan.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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