For many artists, their intellectual property in their artistic and creative output is one of the most valuable and enduring assets in their estate. If they pass away without a will (intestate), this asset is often neglected or not understand, which can lead not only to a failure to protect the artist’s artistic legacy, but to unchecked copyright infringements and a loss of value to the artist’s family. This is particularly true for Australia’s Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists living in remote and regional areas.
Arts Law through our Artists in the Black program we help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make their wills as well as delivering educational wills workshops throughout Indigenous communities in all states helping artists to make wills and, through its casework service, assisted many Indigenous families to manage intestate estates.
We also advocate for improved education about the importance of wills and how to draft a will, especially among Indigenous artists and artists from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.
As part of our advocacy work we have developed kits for each state on what to do if an artist passes away intestate (without a will) or if they pass away with a will. You can download these kits through our Info Hub and also by clicking here:
ACT Artists – being developed
Tasmanian Artists – being developed
If you need legal advice or help around a will or intestacy, you can submit a legal query to Arts Law here.
If you are interested in Arts Law running a Wills Workshop click here.