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Planning Your Legacy (Estate Planning for Artists)

November 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Learn about Legacy Planning for Artists, and make sure that your history can live on.

No matter where you are in your career as an artist, your artwork is an expression of yourself and your personal history. It is your legacy. Protecting this legacy is a priority for most artists, but have you thought about how your intellectual property and artwork will be managed after you’re gone? Legacy Planning is important for both the successful artist, and for the artist who has yet to be recognized. It involves forming a strategy to preserve and develop your artistic reputation and creative output as a financial asset, rather than a burden. You have probably heard terms like “foundation,” “will,” and “trust” – but do you really understand what they mean? And how can they help you in the long-term planning of your own artistic legacy?

Join us for a conversation and workshop on “Legacy Planning for Artists,” to discuss the importance of planning your estate, and the various tools available to you in doing so. Whether your goal is creating financial security for your loved ones, keeping your artwork safe, or donating your work for the public good, you should know your options in planning your estate. We will address common issues like selecting trustees or executors, donating archives, and working with auction houses. Artists, trustees of artists’ estates, catalogue raisoneé scholars, and artist’s agents should benefit from the discussion of developing strategies to effectively carry on an artist’s legacy. Trustees of existing artist foundations may also benefit from insights on expanding their programming to consider charitable mission as legacy planning.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
5:30 – 7:15  PM

VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022


About the Instructor

Barbara Hoffman is a pre-eminent arts, cultural heritage and cultural institution lawyer in New York City, providing transactional advice and litigation services to the domestic and international arts and cultural community. Ms. Hoffman counsels clients on a wide variety of complex issues, and she is passionate in her representation of visual artists. Her more than 35 years in the field of art law, representing artists, artists’ estates, museums, catalogue raisoneé scholars, collectors, artist foundations, and other charitable foundations, galleries and foreign governments has given her wide expertise on matters involving art, antiques and cultural property transactions, including art gallery and auction house consignments, gifts of art, and archives, copyright and artist’s rights, and nonprofit issues of governance  including board development and conflict of interest. She is included in New York Magazine’s Best Lawyers for 2010-2019, Marquis Who’s Who and Super Lawyers (2010-2019), and the Wall Street Journal Best Women Lawyers in New York (2016). She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association.

Membership Discount Code:

*For members, please contact 212.319.2787 ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org to receive your discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your ticket.


$25 Full Time Student (students must present proof of status after registering)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
55 YAM’s Current Members

All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. For artists and attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10.


November 14, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm


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1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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