Filmmaker of 'Empire Strikes Back' dies 87

Filmmaker Irvin Kershner, who directed 1980’s “Empire Strikes Back”, which many regard it as the best of the Star Wars trilogy, has died at age 87.  The filmmaker died Saturday in his home in Los Angeles, California, after a three-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer.  He also directed Connery as James Bond in “Never Say Never Again.” Kershner’s career began with the study of music and art.  He studied at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and Temple University’s Tyler School of Fine Arts.  He began his film career at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema where he taught photography.  In June 2010, Irvin Kershner received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.  Read More

When an individual such as Kershner dies, proper estate planning is of the utmost importance in order to preserve the work and royalties of such achievements for the decedent’s family after they have passed away. Additionally, a valid last will and testament are important documents to draw up.  A valid will can transfer an interest in both personal property (e.g. bank accounts, furniture, stocks, clothing) and real property (such as real estate).  A will also allows a person to name an individual to serve as an executor of the estate and guardian over the children.  Moreover, a will can provide protection for family members (for example, trusts for adult incompetent children).  Read More

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