If Joe Jackson can use his son Michael's death as a platform to pimp his new business venture, that makes it kind of tough -- but still justified -- to wag the finger at others doing the same. This one caught my eye today, sent via news release, which launched with the statement: "The unfolding of Michael Jackson's will and estate, and the confusion surrounding it, is a stark reminder of the importance of providing a plan for those we leave behind."
Yes, it's a shill for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wills and Estates from Penguin Group and its author, Stephen Maples, who is "available to comment on the process Michael Jackson's family or others will have to contend with" when a loved one unexpectedly kicks.
Not to assume that the fourth edition of this tome doesn't contain lots of useful tidbits about taxes and trusts, but come on, people. Looks like somebody needs to pick up a copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Etiquette.
—Posted by T. L. Stanley