Legal Protection for Artists and Galleries
Why artists and galleries need legal protection
In the past, many arrangements between artists and galleries have been formed on a handshake, sometimes with gallery owners helping out promising but struggling artists on an ad hoc basis, either in money or in kind.
Not surprisingly, this has often led to troubles down the line when communication has broken down between the two parties or they have parted professional company.
There are often further problems when the artist is disabled or dies and members of the family are trying to sort out difficulties with the estate, calculate the value of works, and put them up for resale.
This has also been complicated by the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009.
How we can help
At JFMLAW, we have a long history of catering to the legal needs of artists, dealers, galleries and auction houses in Potts Point and the surrounding Eastern Suburbs.
- Through our estate planning service, we assist artists to develop their wills and succession planning, particularly in respect of how their work should be managed after their death.
- We guide galleries in respect of their contracts with artists as well as employment contracts.
- We also guide galleries about dealing with other dealers or third parties.
- We help galleries and artists negotiate a result in any disputes that may exist, whether this means court proceedings or not.
- We are thoroughly conversant with the provision of the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009, which has been in force since 8 June 2010.
Get in touch with JFMLAW now, and we can discuss your specific needs and the best way to achieve them.