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Estate Planning 101

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, 709 N Hill St #104-108, Los Angeles, CA 90012


As a successful creative begins to amass a body of work, you may want to start planning for the future. This workshop is aimed at artists and their families or associates who want to know the basics of estate planning. What does it mean for taxes? How should you preserve the work? What intellectual property issues may come up? Join California Lawyers for the Arts at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive for an introductory workshop on estate planning.

Attorneys Daniel McClean and Melissa Passman from Cypress LLP and archivist Jennifer Martinez Wormser will lead this workshop.

About the Speakers


Daniel McClean
Daniel specializes in art and cultural property law working with different sectors of the international art market. He is admitted by the state bar of California and is a qualified solicitor in England, where he is a consultant to the London law firm, Howard Kennedy LLP.

His international network of clients includes: advisors, artists, artists’ estates, foundations, galleries, governments, museums, photographers, private dealers and public arts organizations. With a background in the art world before training as a lawyer, Daniel understands the objectives of his clients and provides creative solutions tailored to their needs.


Melissa Passman
Melissa Passman is an attorney based in New York and Los Angeles specializing in the intersection of tax and art law. She works closely with artists, collectors, and nonprofits in areas including income and transfer tax, state and local tax, and charitable planning. Prior to law school, Melissa was an associate with Gagosian Gallery, where she worked closely with leading artists and estates, collectors, and institutions. Melissa remains an active participant in the contemporary art world as a founding board member of JOAN Los Angeles and is an avid collector of contemporary art.

Melissa studied art history at New York University. She received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.


Jennifer Martinez Wormser
Jennifer Martinez Wormser is the library director at the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College. Prior to accepting her current position, she was the library director at the Laguna College of Art + Design for nine years and worked with manuscript and archival materials at UCLA, San Diego State University, the Huntington Library, and the Sherman Library & Gardens. She served as President of the Society of California Archivists and currently chairs the society's awards committee.  She has a B.A. in English from Scripps College and a M.L.S. degree with a concentration in archival management from the University of Maryland, College Park.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council. 



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