Yes - you can use Songtrust to manage the estate of someone who has passed away.
Songtrust is able to help you manage an estate. However, there are several steps that need to be taken before Songtrust can help you manage an estate. First, the Performance Rights Organization (PRO) the estate is currently with has an identification and verification process that you must partake in.
Often times, when someone passes away, their account is frozen by the PRO so that no funds are paid out until they can determine who the correct heir(s) is. Please check with the corresponding PRO on their specific procedures.
In order to collect royalties on behalf of someone who is deceased, you must provide legal documentation (such as a will) to the PRO that proves you are the designated person who is supposed to receive these royalties. Once this is proven, you will be given the right to collect. However, each PRO will have their own specific procedures.
This process needs to be done separately from your Songtrust account, and Songtrust can not offer legal advice. If you have gone through this process, are a current Songtrust client (or are inquiring about an existing Songtrust account), and would like to use Songtrust to collect on behalf of the estate, please use our Support Form to submit a ticket and reach our Client Services Team. You can find this form by logging into your account and finding the link on your client dashboard.
If you are not yet a Songtrust client, please submit our Contact Form and our team would be happy to assist.
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Disclaimer: This article is for educational and informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. The content contained in this article is not legal advice or a legal opinion on any specific matter or matters.