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Estate Planning Principles and Drilling Prince's Vault

Since Prince died late last month, little time has been wasted addressing the handling of his estate. His sister filed documents with the Minnesota courts stating that Prince left no will just days after he died, and last Friday, reports ABC News, the singer's mysterious vault was drilled open by the Bremer Trust, appointed the administrator of his estate.

The vault reportedly contains enough unpublished music to release an album by Prince every year for the next century, some of it pre-dating Purple Rain, the album that catapulted him to fame. But for our purposes, the drilling of the vault is interesting for what it illustrates about estate law and keeping precious goods safe.

We've got an intriguing court case with a major player facing serious jail time. And we've got Alicia torn between what she has, what she wants, and what's expected of her. With just two episodes left, "The Good Wife" is getting back to what it does best.

And we've got a couple fantastic cliffhangers setting up next week's series finale. Here's what you need to know about all the legal angles of last night's episode, "Verdict."

Phil Spector, Behind Bars, Breaks Silence and Files for Divorce

For those who do not know, Phil Spector is a songwriter and music producer credited with great artistry, who created a thing in pop called the "Wall of Sound." The Spector story got less glorious in 2003 when he was arrested for murder. But that is also when he met his current wife, Rachelle Short Spector, who he is now divorcing from prison.

Spector, 75, is serving a 19-year prison sentence in Stockton, California for murder. He is concerned, reports Celebrity Net Worth, that his wife is spending all of his money while he's locked up. Spector will be eligible for parole in 2028.

Making Sense of Michael Jackson Estate's Tax Troubles

Michael Jackson was a unique man and musician and now his death has spawned a tax battle unlike any other. The Internal Revenue Service claims that, based on the value of his name and likeness, Jackson's estate was worth more than $400 million when he died. The estate claims it was much lower -- more like $2,000.

The tax authority and the estate are expected to have a showdown in court in 2017, but according to The Hollywood Reporter , neither party has much information about how the other arrived at the figures they cite. Let's look at the issues.

Prince's Heirs: Star's Sister Says He Died Without a Will

When pop powerhouse Prince died last week at age 57, it came as a shock to fans. But it seems that the musician was also not expecting such an early demise, as his sister this week filed documents saying he died without a will.

"The Decedent died intestate," Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, wrote in her petition to the courts for the appointment of a special administrator to deal with Prince's estate, according to USA Today. It's still possible that Prince does have a will somewhere -- his attorney has not responded to reporters' requests for comment. But Nelson says she does not know of one. Let's take a look at intestacy, in light of her filing.

Only "The Good Wife" could use a coming together to show just how far its characters are fracturing apart. Howard and Jackie's Ketubah signing at Alicia's condo becomes a discussion of divorce, decampment, and a dissolving criminal case. Who's in love with whom? Who's in Diane's new female-led firm? Who's out on their own, and who's out of the woods in Peter's corruption investigation?

Here are the legal ins and outs of last night's episode, "Party."

Reality TV Star Sued for Weed Stink From Apartment

Scheana Shay's neighbor is not happy about the scent emanating from her apartment, and filed a lawsuit over her weed smoking, according to Page Six. If you don't know who Shay is or how she made headlines over a neighborly dispute, you must not be up on your Bravo shows.

Scheana Shay is a reality TV star who appears on "Vanderpump Rules," a show about a restaurant in LA, which is run by a real housewife of another reality television show. In real life, Shay and her husband live in a building in LA and are facing complaints over their habits.

What Money Can't Buy: Young Actress Busted at Coachella for Fake ID

Some people, like Disney star Kelli Berglund, 20, seem to have it all, and when they are so young! But what Berglund doesn't have, at least not now, is 21 years on the planet.

Without that, no amount of fame or fortune entitles her to legally consume alcohol in California, not even at the festival of the year. The young actress Berglund had to find this out the hard way, getting arrested at Coachella last week, before the music festival even got started officially.

Prince Is Dead: Who Owns the Music?

Halt your red corvettes. Remove your raspberry berets. Take a moment of silence in the purple rain. Prince is dead.

The pop royal was tiny in stature, but he was a hugely influential musical figure, and died relatively young, quite suddenly. Prince was only 57 years old. He leaves behind a lot of music and presumably a sizeable estate. What happened to him and what happens next?

Kanye Tricked Fans to Save the Life of Tidal, According to Lawsuit

Kanye West makes many wild claims and who can blame him? He gets a lot of attention and people do listen, as evidenced by a recent lawsuit filed against him in federal court in San Francisco. The suit targets Kanye and the music streaming company Tidal, demanding $5 million in damages, and saying the defendants tricked 2 million people into subscribing to the service.

Early this year, Kanye and Tidal promised prospective users a free one-month trial and that his latest album, The Life of Pablo, would be on the streaming service exclusively. But six weeks after its release, the album was available for download on Apple's iTunes and on Kanye's own website, and Tidal now has valuable data on millions of people lured by Kanye's false promise. The plaintiffs call this a bait and switch tactic.