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The Internal Revenue Service filed $6.4 million tax lien against Robert De Niro in response to the actor's 2013 1040 filing.

The lien, filed three months ago, alleges the 71-year-old actor owes $6,410,449.20 to the IRS -- a sum possibly connected to his substantial real estate investments in New York City.

Well, maybe you personally didn't win an Oscar on Sunday night, but plenty of people did. And as it turns out, there are some limits on what you can do with that shiny gold figurine.

As The Hollywood Reporter noted in December, even though the Oscar statuette belongs to you, there are some contractual limits on what you can do with it and to whom, if anyone, you can sell it.

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died in 2006, but a legal battle over his estate has been going on ever since. Brown's will left his entire estate to a charitable trust, leaving nothing to the woman he married in 2001, Tommie Rae Hynie.

But legally speaking, was Hynie even Brown's spouse at all? The question arose because Hynie had married another man in 1997; she filed for an annulment of that marriage in 2004, the same year James Brown filed for an annulment of his marriage with Hynie. (Brown dismissed his action after the couple reconciled.)

After Brown's death, Hynie contested his will, claiming that she had been married to Brown at the time. In a 46-page decision (!), a South Carolina judge agreed, potentially entitling Hynie to a portion of Brown's estate -- even though she was never mentioned in Brown's will.

Paul Walker Sr., father of the late actor Paul Walker, has filed a $1.8 million claim against the estate of Roger Rodas, the man who drove the car in which Walker was killed in late 2013.

The claim involves exotic cars that Walker's family claims were either wholly or partially owned by the late actor but have remained in the possession of Rodas' estate, reports Los Angeles' KCBS-TV. Rodas, who was also killed in the crash, was the CEO of Always Evolving, an exotic car shop owned by Walker.

The claim is the latest legal dispute in the wake of the "Fast & Furious" actor's 2013 death.

Under late comedian Joan Rivers' estate plan, the majority of her of $150 million fortune will reportedly pass to her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper.

However, Rivers also made sure to include plans for her four dogs in her will, reports the New York Daily News. Though the $35 million New York City apartment Rivers lived in with her dogs is being sold by her daughter, Rivers' plan likely made sure that her longtime assistant Jocelyn Pickett -- who will act as the dogs' caretaker -- will have no trouble maintaining the dogs' upscale lifestyle.

Although your estate may be substantially smaller, how can you nevertheless ensure that your loved ones, and even your pets, are taken care of after you're deceased?

The dad from TLC's "My Five Wives" has dug himself out of more than $300,000 debt by declaring bankruptcy -- and he even got to keep his wedding ring.

Brady Williams may still have five wives, but he's divorced himself from some $318,000 in debt. According to TMZ, the father of dozens had listed his $50 wedding ring and $3.61 in savings (yes, three dollars and sixty-one cents) as the paltry assets he still retained, and it looks like he'll be keeping the ring.

How did Williams clear himself of debt, and what about his five wives?

The death of comedian Joan Rivers may provide an unwelcome, but much-needed warning to many that medical emergencies can strike at any time. This can leave family members and medical personnel to make difficult decisions regarding end-of-life care.

Rivers, 81, suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest while undergoing surgery last week. She was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. But after more than a week, her daughter Melissa made the decision to remove her mother from life support, reports the New York Daily News.

While it may be difficult or unpleasant to discuss, what factors may affect the decision to remove someone from life support? Here are three legal facts that can come into play:

After his death by suicide shocked his legions of fans, the late actor and comedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in San Francisco Bay.

According to his death certificate, Williams' ashes were scattered in the bay near his home in Tiburon, California, following his cremation, reports Reuters.

Were Williams' remains afforded special treatment, or is it legal for anyone to scatter a deceased person's ashes at sea or over a body of water?

The world was saddened by the loss of Robin Williams to suicide on Monday, but the trusts he set up may continue to provide for his family after his passing.

The "Dead Poets Society" actor and renowned comedian is survived by his wife, two ex-spouses, and three adult children, ages 22 to 31. Forbes reports that Williams was worth close to $50 million at the time of his death, but this may not include the money he set aside in trust.

Here are three things Robin Williams fans should know about his trusts:

Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman "did not want his children to be considered 'trust fund' kids," according to court documents from his estate proceeding.

The unmarried actor died earlier this year following a drug overdose, leaving behind three children -- Cooper, 10; Tallulah, 7; and Willa, 5 -- as well as a substantial estate. But the New York Post reports that Hoffman's accountant told an attorney appointed to represent the children that Hoffman "summarily rejected" the idea of leaving his children money through trusts.

To whom will his reported $35 million estate go?