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Employing Minors in Entertainment Projects

  • Saturday, April 14, 2012
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Canoga Park Youth Arts Center, 7222 Remmet Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303


  • $15 at the door
  • $10 at the door
    Student ID and Drivers License Required at Sign-In.
  • $25 at the door

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Employing Minors in Entertainment Projects
with Bruce Sires, Esq.

Since 2001, minors employed in sports and entertainment have gained a unique advantage over any other employed minors. That is, that the money they earn is theirs, and their parents have fiduciary duties to them that do not exist for other minors. In addition, employers of minors have unique obligations to them, including deposits into Coogan accounts, and unique opportunities to avoid the minor's ability to disaffirm their contracts. This workshop will explore the rights of children in the business, protecting those rights for the child's benefit. We will cover: contractual issues; statutory protections available for adults in the transactions, and what can be done if a contract is not statutorily protected; what court will hear these cases; and whether a guardianship is required to protect the minor's estate. Finally, we will explore how to deal with the conflicts of interest inherent in legally representing and advising minors, their families, and those dealing with them--that is, who does the attorney actually represent?

Bruce D. Sires is an attorney with Valensi Rose, PLC, with over 35 years' experience in planning and administering trusts and estates, and dealing with proceedings and litigation in Probate Court for trusts, estates and other protective proceedings, including guardianships for estates' minors. Mr. Sires has had extensive experience advising minors in the entertainment industry and sports, and their families and those doing business with them. He has been involved in planning for administration and taxation of the finances of such minors and solving the unique issues that confront their employers and advisors. Mr. Sires was actively involved with the State legislature in the important protections enacted for minors in and after 2000. He was named a "Super Lawyer" among Southern California lawyers for 2004 - 2006 and 2009 - 2011.

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



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