Estate Planning

We believe every artist should protect his or her legacy. We are dedicated to assisting artists to develop an estate plan. The VLA works with estate planning attorneys that are experienced working with the unique issues of an artist’s estate.

For links to our brief and informative educational recordings about estate planning topics such as trusts, wills, and art inventory, please click here.

If you are an artist seeking assistance with your estate plan, please print and complete the application below. We request that all applications are sent through the mail to our address at 15 Channel Center Street #103, Boston, MA 02210. If you have any inquires about the application process please email Jim Grace at

Please include the application fee of $85 and your most recent tax return. You can also pay online by clicking the button at the top right of this page.

Application for Estate Planning .doc

Based on the information in your application, the VLA send your matter to our panel of estate panel attorneys. Emails are sent bi-monthly to the panel of attorneys and cases are usually placed within 2-3 weeks. While the VLA will do its best to place urgent matters, we may not be able to provide urgent assistance due to the nature of our volunteer panel.  Please note that we cannot guarantee an attorney will be located for your matter. 

If you are eligible for free legal services, the VLA will attempt to refer you to a volunteer attorney. If it is determined that you are not eligible for free legal services, the VLA will refer you to a VLA Member Attorney. Our Member Attorneys are lawyers dedicated to assisting artists and arts organizations, and thus are often willing to negotiate their fees.

Though we try to refer every case, we cannot guarantee that we will find a lawyer to take your case. Depending upon the nature of your question/problem, you should expect to hear from us within approximately two weeks from the date the application is submitted.

For more information on estate planning for artists click here.