Art Collecting, Donation, and Inheritance

Today, art law includes much more than ownership, copyright and authentication issues.
Kate Fitz Gibbon is nationally recognized for her work in the field of art and museum law.
If collecting art is an important part of your life, please contact us for help with:

Art Estate Planning

  • Tax deductible donations and finding the right home for your collection.
  • Learn about documentation.
  • Get the facts on art appraisal.
  • Create a charitable entity for your collection.
Cultural Heritage Issues
  • Compliance with laws affecting importation and sale of antiquities and ethnographic art.
  • Compliance with state and federal laws regarding human remains and illegally excavated materials.
  • Acquisition, transfer and ownership of Native American artifacts and global antiquities and ethnographic art. We can help you to determine the legal status of Native American art in your collection for estate planning, donation, sale, or other possible transfers.
  • Purchasing artworks in the U.S. or overseas.
  • Protections for endangered species: new laws prohibiting sale or transfer of ivory and other materials.
Museum Law
  • Nonprofit corporations and fiduciaries.
  • Assistance for donors and benefactors.
  • International and domestic cultural property issues affecting museums from NAGPRA to CPIA
Client, Artist, and Gallery Relations
  • Artist - Gallery - Contracts for consignment, exhibition, sale, and loan agreements.
  • Client - Gallery - Contracts, guarantees, secure transactions.
  • Authentication and appraisal matters.

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