Estate Planning for Actors and Athletes – B03

Estates and Probate/Elder Law/Tax Law Track
Estates and Probate Section and Sports and Entertainment Law Section

Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

About the Program
We know our favorite athletes, artists, and entertainers through their work on the field, on the radio, and on our screens. But on those shocking occasions when death, disability, and taxes crash down on our heroes, we often see that they failed to plan for these universally human realities. A panel of sports and entertainment service professionals will provide an insider’s view of these estate planning challenges. Learn solutions that will help you craft sound estate plans for your high profile and high net worth clients.

You Will Learn

  • What a comprehensive client intake and assessment form should look like in order for you to decipher and process professional sports, entertainment, and art industry specific estate planning considerations
  • How to identify unique elements of the planning process and communicate efficiently with fellow financial and tax professionals
  • How to spot and address commonly overlooked trust, tax, insurance, intellectual property, and family/beneficiary issues that are often overlooked given the youth, wealth, and fame associated with many of these clients

Donald P. Tutson, Jr., Law Office of Donald P. Tutson, Jr., Stamford

Attorney Tutson’s office is in Stamford, Connecticut where he represents individual and corporate clients primarily in transactional practice areas including corporate formation, real estate transactions, employment matters and estate planning. 

Don is the chair of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  He recently served as outside general counsel to the Eastern College Athletic Conference [ECAC] and has counseled professional athletes, performance artists and a variety of sports and entertainment ventures in Connecticut over the last 20 years.

Don stays active in the local community as a volunteer attorney and board member for the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and training for triathlons.


Hal Biagas, Sideline Sports Management, New York, NY

Hal Biagas is President and Founder of Sideline Sports Management, a sports agency representing 35 coaches, broadcasters and sports executives in the NBA, NFL and NCAA basketball, football and baseball.

Hal is also the Executive Director of the NA LCS Players Association, a trade association that represents 100+ professional players of the Riot esport game League of Legends.

Prior to starting Sideline Sports, Hal was a Senior Vice President at Excel Sports Management, a leading sports agency with over 200 clients in MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the PGA Tour. Hal directed the coaching and executive representation business at Excel. Prior to transitioning to client representation Hal served as General Counsel at Excel, overseeing the company’s legal affairs. As General Counsel, Hal assessed and resolved issues regarding the company’s clients and advised Excel management in areas such as corporate governance, labor relations, litigation, marketing, business development and corporate strategy.

Heather J. Lange, Brody Wilkinson PC, Southport

Attorney Lange is a principal of Brody Wilkinson and is a member of the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Dispute Resolution Groups. Ms. Lange practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, estate settlement, and probate, trust and fiduciary litigation. She represents high net worth individuals and family groups with the preparation of sophisticated wills, revocable trusts, private foundations and charitable trusts and when necessary, litigates probate proceedings. In addition, Ms. Lange has developed a niche practice in equine law where she bridges her legal capabilities and equestrian interests.

Ms. Lange is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American, Connecticut and Fairfield County Bar Associations. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. Ms. Lange was recognized by “Connecticut Super Lawyers” as a “Rising Star” in the areas of estate planning and probate; non-profit organizations; and tax from 2005 through 2008. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1988, J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1997, and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1999.

Katie Tolson, Director of Trusts and Estates, Bonhams

Attorney Tolson is Director of Trusts and Estates for Bonhams Auctioneers, based in New York and responsible for business throughout Westchester and Connecticut. Ms. Tolson joined Bonhams in 2017 with 18 years of experience in the art market.


Prior to her current role, Ms. Tolson worked as Vice President of West Coast Business Development for an international art appraisal and advisory company. She developed strong relationships with professional advisors and private collectors as well as managed the firm’s appraisal and brokerage business, including negotiating financial and marketing terms on behalf of her clients. Ms. Tolson also held several managerial positions in the U.S. and the U.K. at the cross-section of the art market, public relations and e-commerce sectors. She curated exhibitions for galleries, worked for eBay Marketplaces Europe in London and Bonhams in Los Angeles.


1.0 CLE Credit (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)