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November 2013 Archives

Radio personality Casey Kasem's family fights over his care

Even many of those Washington residents who don't recognize his name or his face probably recognize Casey Kasem's voice. For decades, he hosted the widely syndicated radio shows "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40." He was also the original voice of Shaggy Rogers in Scooby-Doo cartoons and was an announcer on NBC.

Combative author leaves behind a legal dispute over his will

Even many of those Washington residents who never read one of Gore Vidal's novels or saw one of his plays knew who he was. For decades, the author was known as much for his wit as for his literary works. That wit made him a great interview subject for magazine profiles and documentary filmmakers, and it also made him a formidable adversary in a number of feuds with other artists and intellectuals. That kind of dispute is carrying on after his death last year. A legal dispute now pits Vidal's family members against administrators of a trust he left behind.

Rocker Lou Reed's will provides for wife, sister

When rocker Lou Reed died last month from complications following a liver transplant, numerous musicians and music lovers testified to the rich musical legacy he left behind. His work with the Velvet Underground and on his own has influenced generations of musicians, including pretty much the entirety of Washington's famous alternative rock scene.

First step in estate planning: Decide who counts as family

When Washington residents begin to prepare a will, they have often spent a lot of time thinking about how they will ensure the well-being of their family, but they may not have thought much about a more basic question: Who counts as family? Marriage creates a number of complexities in estate planning for which many people neglect to prepare.

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