Shakespeare, Succession and Estate Planning
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(Joint Meeting with Dallas Estate Planning Council)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2023
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8250 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Lunch is served Noon-12:30; Program 12:30-1:30 P.M.)
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SHAKESPEARE, SUCCESSION AND ESTATE PLANNING
LESLIE KIEFER AMANN
William Shakespeare died in 1616 but his last will and testament presents a fascinating picture that is surprisingly relevant today. He had two daughters and a son, but his only son died during a plague year. His wife and daughters could not possibly inherit and run his family business in the theater, so he made major changes in his assets and plan for succession of the business he owned, to accommodate the loss of his male heir. He left us no specific biographical information to explain these changes, but we can learn a great deal about business succession by looking at the lessons in his plays. We examine several plays, but the primary focus is on King Lear. Few patriarchs are as blatant as Lear, who left the family business to daughters who flattered and pandered to him and cut off the child that possessed the character and skills to succeed. Shakespeare’s own will provides additional lessons, including changes just before signing when one daughter married someone facing criminal charges, presumably to further protect his daughters and their descendants. Participants from all disciplines benefit by looking at age-old planning problems from a new perspective. We see how a thriving business, dependent on the active participation of its founder, was shifted to passive assets that could generate an income stream for descendants who did not have the same abilities by changing entity structure and learn timeless lessons about business succession when an unexpected loss occurs or in fraught economic and political circumstances.
Leslie provides advice on fiduciary administration and wealth planning As of Counsel to Sentinel Trust. She writes and lectures on related topics for professional organizations in law, financial services, wealth planning, and for her former employer, Sentinel Trust Company LBA. She holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center (1987) and a BA in Music and Education from Texas State University (1976).
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We would like to thank the following Sponsors for their support for 2023-2024: Argent Trust, Armanino, Communities Foundation of Texas, Frost Bank, Glast Phillips & Murray, Lindquist Eisenberg LLP, North Dallas Bank & Trust, PlainsCapital Bank, Regions Bank, Texas Bank & Trust, Security National Bank, The Catholic Foundation, Value, Inc, American National Bank & Trust, Texas Health Resources Foundation, Ozark Trust & Wealth, The Weeks Law Firm, Prosperity Bank, JP Morgan, Commerce Bank, Heritage Auctions, Happy Trust Company and Farmers National Company.
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