Sometimes, you can develop a fondness for tasks that used to seem like a chore. That’s me and the brief. Having spent more than a decade in newspaper journalism, I compiled plenty of news briefs, collections of news of the day each item boiled down to a paragraph or two. These days, news bits are everywhere: blogs, Facebook posts, tweets, etc., and now that I have been out of journalism awhile, I appreciate the utility of the quick hit of information. So toward the end of each month, I’ll round up some developments in estate planning and elder law. For May, it just so happens that several items involve celebrities. This isn’t intended to be celeb-centric space, but sometimes their estate planning missteps provide important lessons for all of us. If you see an item out there that would make a good brief, feel free to e-mail me or comment here.