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Whitney Houston’s Estate is not BROKE!

Many reliable sources on the internet have label Whitney Houston’s estate as BROKE and in a financial bind.  Sources say that Whitney Houston was already on the brink of a financial calamity even facing bankruptcy.  Music Industry Insider Wayne Russo gives a full break down of Whitney’s liability to Sony Music Group, and why it may be a long time before her Estate would reap any of her music royalty wealth. (Read article here) But music royalty wealth is only one piece of a very big pie that heirs of Whitney Houston can profit from to continue her legacy.

Postmortem Riches

Celebrity wealth in death is not a new topic, and until Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, Elvis Presley reign as the highest paid dead celebrity.   Keep in mind that the bulk of wealth that is deriving from Elvis Presley is not music royalties.  Presley’s postmortem earnings come from Graceland admissions, licensing and merchandising and a Cirque du Soleil.  Licensing and Merchandising is a billion dollar industry and the advisors to these dead powerhouses know it; that’s why Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (not to be confused with his estate) gross proceeds for 2011 were in the billions.

Whitney Houston’s Legacy & Deja Vu

Although the Estate of Whitney Houston maybe in debt to the Sony Music Group, for music royalties. Nothing is stopping the heirs in creating a new company that will continue to keep Whitney Houston’s legacy alive and bring in some of those postmortem riches. Let us not forget that when Michael Jackson died, once again reliable sources on the internet said is estate was in debt to AEG for $30-35 million, fast forward  2 1/2 years later, Forbes listed him as one of the highest paid dead celebrities in 2011.

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Are U using Life Insurance as an Investment?

    I recently met with a potential client yesterday; this client which of course will remain nameless had two very large life insurance policies (amounts I will not disclose). My goal for the meeting was to illustrate to him how he can still obtain the same amount of insurance he currently has and pay less in policy premiums.  His response to my illustration was what would happen to the payments that I have made for over 15 years.  Now, its not important for me to write word by word the whole conversation me and client had, but what I want to point out is, there are some individuals that believe that their insurance payments are a form of investments and that if I exchange one policy for another I’m going to lose the amount that I invested in the policy; another fallacy is how long will it take me to rebuild my savings with this policy?  Well insurance is to help and assist you with risk, Life insurance is to help, manage and protect your love ones from risk that may occur in the event of your death.  So my goal to any client or potential client;  what was the goal when you purchase this policy, is it to pay any expenses at the time of death, create a legacy your love ones, or to assist you with your with Estate planning goals; now those are just some examples on how life insurance  can help you manage risk.  My goal with this writing is not to put down any type of  life insurance product, I’m an advocate that Term, Whole Life, Universal Life and Variable Life have their place, but my goal is to always find out what do you want to accomplish by purchasing Life insurance.

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