Letter from Hal Roach Studios to Stan Laurel to Assign Salary - May 7, 1934

                Los Angeles, California,
                May 7th, 1934.

Hal Roach Studios, Inc.,
Culver City, California.

    On or about the 22nd day of July, 1933, instructions were given you as to the payment of any and all compensation of Mr. Stan Laurel to the California Trust Company; these instructions were signed by Stan Laurel and Lois N. Laurel, and accepted by California Trust Company and yourself. A copy of such instructions is hereto attached, marked "Exhibit A" and by reference made a part hereof.
    You will please be advised that the undersigned have consented and agreed that such instructions so heretofore given you on or about the 22nd day of July, 1933, shall be of no further force and effect and any and all compensation payable to Mr. Stan Laurel, pursuant to the agreement between Mr. Laurel and yourself dated January 7th, 1930, shall be paid until further written notice, executed jointly by Stan Laurel and Lois N. Laurel, as follows:
    One-half (1/2) thereof to Lois N. Laurel, and
    One-half (1/2) thereof to Stan Laurel, until the completion of the full term of said contract of January 7th, 1930, and the extensions thereof by reason of prior suspension of its terms.
    The payment by you in the manner herein indicated shall serve as a full and complete acquittance of your obligation for the payment of said compensation, as expressed in said contract.
    Kindly express your receipt and acceptance hereof upon the line therefor provided.
                Sincerely yours,
Stan Laurel Signature                 LOIS N. LAUREL



THIS AGREEMENT, made and entered into this 7th day of May, 1934, by and between LOIS N. LAUREL, hereinafter referred to as Mrs. Laurel, and STAN LAUREL, hereinafter referred to as Mr. Laurel,

                W I T N E S S E T H:
    THAT, heretofore, on the 22nd day of July, 1933, Mr. and Mrs. Laurel entered into a written agreement of property settlement, which was subsequently approved by the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Los Angeles, as part of the proceedings had in an action for divorce then pending between the parties hereto. That in such agreement of July 22nd, 1933, hereinafter referred to, for the purpose of convenience, as the property settlement, Mrs. Laurel is referred to as the first party and Mr. Laurel as the second party.
    THAT, since the execution of the property settlement, some differences have arisen between the parties relative thereto, and modification thereof has been agreed upon between the parties, conditioned, however, upon the event that the modification shall be fully and completely performed, and, unless performed, the property settlement, as executed on July 22nd, 1933, shall remain in full force and effect as originally written.
    THAT, as a part of said property settlement, it was provided that the earnings of Mr. Laurel should be paid into a trust with the California Trust Company, and that certain payments therefrom should be made to Mr. and Mrs. Laurel; also therefrom income taxes were to be paid, and certain other charges, such as taxes on real and personal property at one time community property of the parties hereto, also premiums on ordinary life insurance policies on the life of Mr. Laurel were to be applied to the payment and...
    ...necessary for the approval of the terms hereof by any Court, and each of the parties hereto shall faithfully and to the best of his or her ability proceed with the carrying out of the terms hereof, which shall supplant, in those particulars set forth herein, the terms of the contract of July 22nd, 1933, but in all other particulars said contract shall continue in full force and effect.
    It is understood that the changes embodies herein are based on a letter dated April 12th, 1934, containing Mr. Laurel's proposal for such modification
    Each of the parties hereto will, at the request of the other, join and/or execute such documents, from time to time, as may be reasonably necessary to effectuate the purposes hereof.
    It is understood that the performance of the terms hereof by Mr. Laurel, as herein expressed, shall serve as an acquittance and substitution for the obligations expressed on his part to be kept and performed in the agreement of July 22nd, 1933.
    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have hereunto set their hands, the day and year first above written.
Stan Laurel Signature                 LOS N. LAUREL

Benjamin W. Shipman Wrote

My dear Mat [O’Brien]: I hand you herewith an original and a copy, both fully executed, of instructions signed by Stan Laurel and Lois N. Laurel relative to payments to be made of Mr. Laurel’s salary. Will you be good enough to signify your acceptance of these instructions on the line therefore provided, and return one of the copies so signed to me. No change or modification of Mr. Laurel’s contract can take place unless the same parties, with the exception of the California Trust Company, that have executed these instructions execute their consent to such change or modification. As you will see, this change has become effective from May 7th, 1934. —May 14, 1934

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