Wiggin and Dana's Art and Museum Law Group represents museums, universities, and other cultural institutions, galleries and dealers in art, private collectors, insurers, foundations and national governments in the concerns unique to owners of art and artifacts.
We handle disputes over ownership and provenance, claims involving foreign and international law, the treatment of abandoned art loans, sales of forged or improperly accredited work, tax, gift and estate-planning matters, financial transactions, intellectual property issues, not-for-profit governance issues, government investigations including forfeiture issues, and the public relations and ethical considerations often associated with these matters.
We also represent museums and other non-profits on a broad array of charitable funds issues, including charitable gifts and complex planned giving. We advise clients about the investment, management and expenditure of endowment and other charitable funds, provide counsel on compliance with gift restrictions, and represent them in cy pres actions seeking modification of gift restrictions. On fundraising, we advise clients on compliance issues related to charitable solicitation laws. With regard to complex structured transactions, we help clients with bond issuance and with deals that allow a museum or other non-profit borrow without restricting endowment investments.
We have assisted clients in a wide range of matters, including some of the most significant art law disputes to have emerged in recent years. Our Art and Museum Law group consists of experienced attorneys committed to providing our clients with superior service at competitive prices. We take a hands-on approach to our representation, maintaining frequent contact with clients, becoming knowledgeable about their particular circumstances and making ourselves readily available to answer any questions.