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Celebrity Estates: Sammy Davis Jr.'s Insolvent Estate

When a client lives beyond their means, it creates nothing but headaches for the executor of their estate.


When you realize your client is living beyond their means and creating nothing but headaches for the executor of their estate, how can you help?

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at, speaks with Mark Brandenburg, an attorney who focuses on estate planning, estate administration and probate law.  

The celebrity example for today’s episode is Sammy Davis Jr., arguably the most famous Black entertainer of the 20th century. Together, David and Mark discuss Sammy Davis Jr.'s estate to cast light on the issues that can arise from an insolvent estate.

Bettmann/Getty ImagesSammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What is meant by “insolvent estate”;
  • What happens when someone who dies owes money: How do people get paid and who gets their money first?
  • Whether payments to creditors can be negotiated;
  • Whether executors can be held financially responsible;
  • And more!

Tune in now to get ahead of an insolvent estate and the trouble it can cause once a client is deceased.

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