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Late author's daughter objects to casting of play characters

When preparing one's estate plans in Providence, one of the most important decisions to be made may be the selection of an executor. Whoever is asked to fill this role may be stepping into a monumental undertaking, one that can last for years (or even longer). This may be particularly true for estates that count intellectual properties amongst their assets. Renowned novels, songs or works of art may endure for many generations, and people may one day want to utilize them in their own works. It is in these scenarios where an executor or personal representative may really need to work to ensure that a creator's interests are well-represented. 

This fact was on full display in a dispute between a theater production company and the estate of the late novelist Arthur Miller. At the center of this dispute was the casting of two roles in an upcoming Broadway revival of one of Miller's stories. The director of the play wanted to cast African-American actors in the roles, yet Miller's daughter (who oversees her father's estate) objected. She did not have an issue with the casting of African-American actors in general, but rather that casting them in these two roles in particular would be at odds with the historical context of the story. Ultimately, the director of the show ended leaving the production as a result of the dispute. 

As this story demonstrates, filling the role of an executor may not be easy (as the job can require making difficult decisions such as the one described above). Yet having a competent and qualified personal representative may be the only way to ensure that one's wishes are reflected in the administration of their estates. Those needing assistance in making this decision may find it in the form of an estate planning attorney. 

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