Book Review: The Law (In Plain English) For Collectors

The Law (In Plain English) For Collectors, one of the most recent in the “Plain English®” series of books, provides helpful advice on all things legal when it comes to art, antiques, and other collectibles.
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Attorneys Leonard D. DuBoff and Sarah J. Tugman have penned a guide for collectors: The Law (in Plain English)® for Collectors - A Guide for Lovers of Art and Antiques. The Guide, one of the most recent in the “Plain English®” series of books, provides helpful advice on all things legal when it comes to art, antiques, and other collectibles.

The Law (in Plain English)® for Collectors - A Guide for Lovers of Art and Antiques, Allworth Press (an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.), 2018, ISBN 9781621536680, paperback, 6” x 9”, 272 pages, $19.99. www.allworth.com.

The Law (in Plain English)® for Collectors - A Guide for Lovers of Art and Antiques, Allworth Press (an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.), 2018, ISBN 9781621536680, paperback, 6” x 9”, 272 pages, $19.99. www.allworth.com.

The Guide contains useful and practical information collectors need to know to protect and enjoy their collections.

Subjects covered include how to:

  • Navigate purchases and customs
  • Select insurance plans
  • Properly file taxes
  • Loan out pieces to galleries, museums, and shows
  • Bestow work to future generations.

For private collectors, gallerists, artists, and others interested in art dealings, “The Law (in Plain English)® for Collectors is an invaluable reference. The information within the book applies to “all levels of collectors, as well as to all forms of art, antiquities, and other collectibles.” The authors explain in the introduction, no matter what you collect, “the same rules and precautions apply.”

The Law (In Plain English)® is an excellent guide. I suspect most people - not just collectors - would find the chapter “The Collector’s Estate” interesting and helpful.

Leonard D. DuBoff is the founder of the DuBoff Law Group, PC. He graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University with a degree in engineering and summa cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the research editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. He was professor of law for almost 25 years, teaching first at Stanford Law School and then at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah J. Tugman graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He has maintained a private civil practice for the past 33 years in Anchorage, Alaska, and is of counsel to the DuBoff Law Group.

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