Ada-Icon
Required

The End for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in Schools?, Elder Law Attorney, Woodstock, GA

 


A controversial decision by author Harper Lee’s estate has many people wondering if ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ will continue to be assigned reading in school.

Reading Harper Lee’s anti-segregation novel To Kill a Mockingbird has become something of an American rite of passage. It is one of the most commonly assigned books in schools. Many people can probably recall the version of the book that a teacher passed to them.

As of April 25 that version will no longer be available, as the Tampa Bay Times reports in “Harper Lee’s estate wants readers to pay more for ‘Mockingbird’.”

Lee’s estate has informed the publisher of the paperback edition of the novel that it will no longer have license to print the book. Other, more expensive versions of the book will still be available.

This news comes shortly after a judge controversially agreed to seal Lee’s will from the public so the public does not know who the author’s heirs are and who is behind the decision to put an end to the paperback version of the book.

Lee’s estate is not necessarily in the wrong.

It does have a duty to properly manage the author’s assets for any heirs or beneficiaries. Selling To Kill a Mockingbird for a few dollars more could potentially lead to more money for those heirs or beneficiaries.

However, this decision could also backfire.

Many states have cut school funding in recent years and many schools in other states are feeling a pinch as well. Those schools might assign less expensive books instead of Lee’s work.

Reference: Tampa Bay Times (March 12, 2016) “Harper Lee’s estate wants readers to pay more for ‘Mockingbird’.”

Hear From Our Clients
tes-prev
tes-next

“On the threshold of retirement, we finally decided to quit thinking we could self-prepare the requisite documents. We had previously had only a very simple will. We needed the necessary legal (including updated will) & health care docs but didn’t want to deal with the time & complication of legalese. Cindy made the process relatively painless. She took the time to explain and answer questions without trying to upsell services. We were done in 2 meetings plus the reading of emailed drafts. In addition to preparing the documents, Nelson Eldercare will be there when our adult children need advice on executing the plans we’ve put in place.So glad it’s behind us and would recommend Cindy and her helpful staff.”

- Bonnie

Cindy and her company treat their clients like family. Nelson’s offers clear, direct, and honest guidance in planning for your families security and future. No one wants to actively sit down and make these decisions, but Nelson’s makes this process seamless. I was so impressed with their willingness to answer all questions big or small. So glad I made the decision have them help my mom and dad and now me. You can’t go wrong with Nelson’s Elder Care Law.

- Hope

The very best elder law attorney and staff anyone could ever ask for! I have referred a number of clients to Cindy and she never disappoints. She is kind, caring, and extremely thorough in making sure everything is completed as it should be. I highly recommend Cindy for anyone needing lawyer services; she truly goes above and beyond for every client she helps and has had a huge impact in so many peoples’ lives. Thank you, Cindy and staff, for everything that you do- I’m so glad to know you!

- Kerri

I heard Cindy’s presentation at a Senior Luncheon at my church, and was very impressed. She helped my daughter and me understand many aspects of elder law. Josh has also been very helpful in my planning to enter an independent living situation . I have told many friends about them.

- Charlotte

Cindy and the Nelson Elder Care Law team are trustworthy and helpful. They are the experts in elder care law. At Leaf Cremation, we entrust our families to the care of the Nelson team when their services are needed.

- Pierce