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Before you make a Will – some definitions for non-lawyers

Writing your Will can be a very simple process, but because it is only done a few times in your life, it can be intimidating. It can seem daunting because there are so many unfamiliar terms used in the estate planning world. Expressions that are second nature to the legal community, but are not in everyday use […]

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Customer question of the day: How to Register a Will

We get this question a lot. “Once I have prepared my Last Will and Testament, and signed it in the presence of two witnesses, what do I do with it to make it legal? How do I register a Will?” When do you register a Will? In Canada, there is no way to register a […]

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Customer question of the day – updating a Will

Hello, I am trying to seek additional information regarding updating a Will . My question is , every time I update or change my will, do I need to go after the witness every time to re sign? How do I go about changing, updating without having to get them re signed. Thanks. There is no […]

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Why I haven’t written my legal Will – a confession

A month ago I was at a dinner party. I met a couple who had young children and the conversation naturally led to how we make a living. I explained that I was one of the founders of LegalWills.ca, the online convenient affordable service for preparing one’s legal Will. The couple were thrilled, they had two […]

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Challenging a Will: What are the grounds for contesting a Will in Canada?

I was told that if I don’t create a Will through a lawyer, it can be contested. Is that true? This is one of the most common misconceptions we hear related to preparing one’s own Will. If you prepare a Will through a lawyer’s office for $600 it won’t be challenged, but it you prepare […]

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The Living Will: where does it fit in your estate plan?

Everybody needs a Last Will and Testament, but does everybody need a Living Will? We are asked this question a lot, and the answer is not always clear. Everybody should prepare a Living Will, but not every Living Will is going to be used. Most people will never find themselves in a situation where they […]

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Planned Giving: the state of charitable bequests in Canada

“A note on Privacy: the protection and security of the documents created on our web site are of critical importance. In particular, we cannot access any information contained in a specific Will, nor can we read a person’s Will. However, we are able to access aggregated data from an encrypted database folder that summarizes the […]

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Lawyers and their egregious charges

CBC’s Marketplace recently featured a special – trying to find the most shocking fees faced by Canadians. The banks and airlines featured prevalently in the discussion, but so did lawyers. People seemed to be incensed by the nickel-and-diming billing practices and when it came to voting for the 5 most egregious fees, one particular lawyer was included. One […]

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Ten myths about a Canadian Last Will and Testament

Having watched families fight over the estate and end up not speaking to each other for the rest of their lives, I can tell you first hand that leaving this world without making a plan for what’s in your estate is one of the worst thing you could do for your loved ones. Over the […]

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How I wrote my Canadian Will in five minutes

At LegalWills.ca we claim that you can create a well-drafted Canadian Last Will and Testament in as little as 20 minutes. Clearly, there are some important decisions to be made, and it’s not something that should be written hastily, but if you have a straightforward situation and you know how you want your estate to […]

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U.S. Legal Wills Blog - July 5, 2015 RSS Feed

I’m young, I’m single. Special considerations on writing a Will.

Most people have not got around to writing a Will. According to a recent survey 64% of adults in the US do not have a Last Will and Testament. The more significant concern though is that in the younger age groups (people under 35) the percentage is much higher. 90% of Americans aged 18-34 do not have […]

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Writing a Legal Will: the worst advice we have seen yet

Much of our customer support effort is spent on correcting misunderstandings that have usually arisen from bad information that has been posted on the Internet. As with anything that you do once or twice in your lifetime, the terms will be unfamiliar, and there will be a lot to learn. But the task is made […]

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Cost of a Will – from zero to $2000 and somewhere in between

Yeah right, $35 for a Last Will and Testament. There’s no way it can be legal One of the ongoing challenges we face is explaining to people how our Wills at $34.95, can work in the same way as a Will written for $800. But also differentiate our service from a free download site, where the […]

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How to write a Will: your 10 step guide to success!

Everybody knows that they need to write a Will, but the stats show that only about a third of adults in the US have managed to get it done. Some say it’s the cost that puts people off, others say that it’s finding the time to make an appointment. In our experience of fielding calls through […]

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Living Will: Some definitions of our service

I actually think it’s a good idea to have a living will. I’d encourage everybody to get one. I have one; Michelle has one. And we hope we don’t have to use it for a long time, but I think it’s something that is sensible. – Barack Obama, 2009 One of the most confusing services […]

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Power of Attorney, it’s written, but is that enough?

Most people recognize that a Financial Power of Attorney (PoA) is a critical part of a complete estate plan. While a Last Will and Testament describes the distribution of your estate after you have passed away, the financial Power of Attorney allows you to give somebody to power to handle your business affairs if you are […]

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10 ridiculous warnings lawyers give about online Will services

In the last week alone I have seen a number of people asking the question on the internet “Is it okay to prepare my own Will using an online Will service”. I have been shocked at the amount of misinformation that has been posted in reply. To be clear, I am defending an interactive online Will service […]

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The Online Will

We are seeing an increasing number of articles about “online Wills” but the definition seems to be vague. Let us explore what exactly is meant by an “online Will”. What is a Last Will and Testament There are clear laws as to what constitutes a legal Last Will and Testament and these laws are quite consistent across […]

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The holographic Will

I heard that if I write my own Will out in my own handwriting, I do not need to have it witnessed, is this true? If a Will is written entirely in your own handwriting, some States do not require that Will to be witnessed. This is known as a holographic Will or holograph Will. […]

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The 4 critical people in your Last Will and Testament

You probably know that your Last Will and Testament is a description of how your estate will be distributed after you have passed away. It gives you an opportunity to recognize the people and organizations that have had an impact on your life and insures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. But […]

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U.K. Legal Wills Blog - July 5, 2015 RSS Feed

The Will kit: 20 ways that a blank form Will kit could lead to disaster

Why do I need to pay to create a Will using your service, when I can get a free one downloaded from the internet, or buy a blank Will from WHSmith for a couple of pounds. We get this question a lot, and it is sometimes difficult for people to fully understand the difference between using an online […]

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The cost of a funeral: Guest Post

This is a guest post written by Juliette Kay One of the biggest expenses that you may occur in life is one that you’ll never actually have to pay for—but your family will. It’s your funeral expenses, and the true cost of a funeral may surprise you. Here’s a rough breakdown of what you might […]

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Will writing: the regulation of the profession.

There has been a great deal of discussion recently regarding the regulating of Will writing as a profession. On first glance it would seem strange that anybody can simply call themselves a “Will writer” and offer their services to prepare people’s Wills. So much so that the industry became quite competitive and aggressive, and we […]

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Can you use a sample Will to write your own Will?

Most people know that they need a Will, but many are put off by the cost of going to a solicitor, and the inconvenience of booking an appointment. Unfortunately, this leads people to resort to some poorly judged approaches to preparing their own Will – we are often asked if we can provide somebody with […]

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Writing a Will: why there is nothing to fear

Many people try to lead you into thinking that writing a Will is so complicated that only a qualified solicitor with years of training should attempt it. You have probably been told that attempting to write your own Will is only going to lead to misery for your loved ones. One of the most common scare-tactics […]

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Making a Will: 10 steps to success

We’ve been offering a service to help you prepare your own Will for 14 years now, and to us, the task couldn’t be simpler. But as with anything that is only done a few times in your life, the process can seem intimidating. So we’d like to breakdown the steps involved in making a Will, hopefully […]

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What’s the problem with blank Will forms?

We always position our service as a happy mid-ground between expensive solicitor fees and the blank Will forms that you can download from the internet or buy from WHSmiths. The finished product of using an interactive online Will service is usually identical to a Last Will and Testament prepared by a solicitor. After all, a […]

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12 reasons to use an Online Will service instead of a DIY Will Kit

I’d like to start by defining some terms. An Online Will service allows you to step through an interactive interview on the internet, at the end of which a document is generated. This document should then be printed and signed in the presence of two witnesses to create a legal Last Will and Testament. There […]

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10 terms you will learn when you write your Last Will and Testament

When you prepare a Will using our service, the final document will include many legal terms and unfamiliar language that we do not tend to use in our daily lives. There will be expressions like “testamentary dispositions” and you won’t find a layman’s word like “everything” instead the Will is going to refer to “all my estate, both […]

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Challenging a Will

I heard that if I create a Last Will and Testament using our service like yours, it can be challenged or contested. Is that true?   The short answer is yes, our Wills can be contested, but not simply because they were created using our service. Any Will can be contested, but there are a […]

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Expat Legal Wills Blog - July 5, 2015 RSS Feed

US Last Will and Testament: Write it from anywhere.

The US diaspora reaches every corner of the World. There are sizeable US contingents in Mexico, the Philippines, Israel and Liberia, but this is just a start. Millions of US citizens are finding new lives in Europe, Asia and Africa there are millions of US citizens with statistical estimates of anywhere from three to six million […]

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UK Wills: how to write one from overseas

I am completely confused. I was told that a new arrangement with England and France will come into force this year, allowing me as an english woman domiciled in France to make a Will leaving my assets in France and in England to whoever I wish, as I could if I were domiciled in England. There are […]

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How to write a Will: Here are your four options

Expats face some unique challenges when trying to write a Will. If they still hold assets in their home country, they need to create a Will separately to cover those assets, but the logistical challenge of say, creating a UK Will, while living in Thailand, is often insurmountable. We know that 65 percent of adults do […]

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UK Last Will and Testament: writing a Will when you live outside of the UK

I am retired in Thailand, lived all over the place so I have assets in numerous countries and I wish to update my Will. On talking with a local lawyer he told me he can establish a will in Thailand to cover my assets here but I will need to do separate ones for other […]

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The International Will

The basics of a Will are pretty much the same in any jurisdiction in the World. The document needs to identify the person making the Will, describe the distribution of the estate, and be signed in the presence of two witnesses. It should also ideally name an Executor or estate administrator to carry out the […]

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Expat Wills

I have been assigned to a one year position in Dubai, but all of my assets are in the US. I know I need a Last Will and Testament, how do I get one written? This is a problem not only for people of temporary work assignments, but also for people who have permanently relocated, […]

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Can I write my own Last Will and Testament?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions, but it can mean one of two things; A. Can I sit down with a blank piece of paper and write my own Last Will and Testament? B. Can I prepare my own legal Will without using a legal professional. Let us first explore question A. Can […]

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Our new home for advice on writing your Last Will and Testament

For the last couple of years we have used https://legalwills.wordpress.com to share our thoughts on the importance of writing your Last Will and Testament. We have offered tips ranging from choosing an Executor to selecting the most appropriate guardian for your children. We have offered our views on celebrity estate planning news including articles on the […]

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News Headlines - July 5, 2015

Advance directives give you a say in your future health care
The practice of medicine involves a lot of paperwork, and not just for doctors. Even if they’re already stacking piles of co-pay bills, benefits estimate statements and reminder cards for long-past appointments, patients should consider adding a few more ...

Discuss advanced care planning with patients
Written and verbal instructions, usually called advance directives, are intended to make sure that individual health care choices are communicated and instituted. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 20% to 30% of all Americans have ...

Advance directive is useless unless family knows it exists
The man had written an advance directive four years ago, before his growing dementia had made communication difficult. He had been very specific. In case of a life-threatening condition, "he wanted comfort care only, no heroics," said Dr. Rebecca Aslakson ...

Advance directive basics can help patients peace of mind
You don't need to hire an attorney to prepare an advance healthcare directive, said Moriah Opp, patient education coordinator at Altru Health System in Grand Forks. "You can go online and print out the forms," said Opp, who teaches a class, offered ...

Panel OKs Suit Alleging Hospital Disregarded Advance Directive
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. A panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit over an Augusta hospital's alleged disregard of a patient's instructions to withhold certain lifesaving measures should her ...

Advance directives workshop to be July 7
The Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care and the Haywood County Senior Resource Center are holding an advance directives workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 at the Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville.

Are You Traveling Without A Road Map? Advance Care Planning Essentials
An Advance directive is a map detailing where you want your health care “to go,” in the event you are unable to voice your own wishes. Do you have a written plan stating what kind of health care treatments you would or would not want if you could not ...

Advance directive basics
You don't need to hire an attorney to prepare an advance health care directive, said Moriah Opp, patient education coordinator at Altru Health System in Grand Forks. "You can go online and print out the forms," said Opp, who teaches a class, offered ...

Why I advocate for advance health care planning
We made our first advance directive a long time ago when we were driving around the country in an RV. If something bad happened, our daughters would know our health care wishes. We named a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, saw an attorney to be ...

Advance health care directive is your last line of defense in personal health care decisions
People don’t like to talk about death — especially their own. But it’s an inevitable part of life that’s worth making a plan for. That’s why doctors encourage everyone to create what’s called an advance health care directive, or AHCD.

Reduce Estate Tax By Making Gifts
You can do a lot to minimize your estate taxes before you die. One way is to make some gifts.

Nightmare On Elm Street
Declining home prices and higher adjustable rate mortgage payments spell big trouble for some borrowers.

Choosing The Right Financial Adviser
Like hiring a personal trainer, finding the right financial adviser can help whip your finances into shape.

Pay Death To Go Away
Five ways to turn your wealth into health.

Insuring The Future
Newlyweds need protection now more than ever.

Taxes: Estate Planning
You can't take it with you, but you don't have to give it all to the government either.

Estate Planning
Here are ten things you need to know about estate planning.

Estate Planning In The Digital Age
If you died, could anyone access your online accounts? Here's how to protect and pass on your digital assets.

You're Dead, Now What?
An estate plan will help your loved ones avoid delays, legal problems and uncertainty.

Grandma's Got A Boyfriend, Now What?
The older you are, the more complicated your finances, especially if you're combining households.

A Living Wage
That has a nice ring to it. No wonder so many people have rallied around the term. It practically shouts “fairness”, doesn’t it? So how will we make this noble goal a reality? Well, first we should define it. Theories can afford to be vague, but when ...

Pine Senior Living to host 'CarFit'
CarFit, a program for older adults to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them, will be held Wednesday afternoon at People Inc.'s Pine Senior Living complex, 6231 Tonawanda Creek Road North. CarFit gets seniors to examine issues such as whether ...

Young Living Essential Oils Announces New CEO
LEHI, Utah, June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Young Living Essential Oils, the world leader in essential oils, announced the promotion of Mary Young as its new Chief Executive Officer. Gary Young has voluntarily resigned as CEO so that he can pursue his many ...

Normandy Park Senior Living & Memory Village launches new Art Gallery
There’s a new art gallery coming to the area this Thursday, June 25, at Advertiser Normandy Park Senior Living & Memory Village, located at 16625 1st Ave South in Normandy Park. Named the Normandy Park Art Gallery, it will be open to the public daily ...

Martha Stewart Living to sell itself in $353 million deal
Homemaking maven Martha Stewart's media and merchandising firm Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc (MSO.N) is selling itself in a $353 million cash-and-stock deal to Sequential Brands Group Inc (SQBG.O). New York-based Sequential Brands, which buys and ...

Easiest Ways to Create Your Living Will
Most Americans get the basics of living wills. We understand they are binding documents to specify our medical wishes if we can’t communicate because of illness or injury. We realize they address such questions as whether we want life extending ...

Sign A Healthcare Proxy, Living Will And Power Of Attorney
Advancements in medical science and care may enable us to live fuller, longer lives. The flip side is that more of us are likely to suffer from a diminished mental state–a harsh reality that’s difficult to accept. Here’s a scary statistic: One in ...

Why the 'Living Will' Process Sets Banks Up for Failure
Last Tuesday, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. rejected the living wills of 11 of the biggest bank holding companies in the U.S. This gives regulators inordinate control to restructure the companies as they see fit. The Dodd ...

Germanwings co-pilot researched deadly drugs, living will before crash, prosecutors say
Ronnie Baum (l.), the brother of Eyal Baum, 39, comforts his brother's partner (unnamed) as she cries on Eyal Baum's coffin at his funeral Thursday in Kfar Saba, Israel. Baum was the only Israeli onboard the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French ...

Why You Need a Living Will – Even at Age 18
Telling your end-of-life wishes to loved ones can save them from making difficult decisions. Though it may be difficult to think about, you won't live forever. Make sure you're prepared as soon as possible. In your teens and early 20s, death isn’t ...

Power of attorney doesn’t have to be a one person job
As our population ages and the life expectancy in Canada increases, more and more seniors have their financial affairs managed by a power of attorney. Here are some suggestions to protect yourself. Choose wisely. You must completely trust your power of ...

Does Power of Attorney Throw Out Patient Confidentiality?
I have a 33-year-old brother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia about a decade ago. He hasn’t responded to any antipsychotic medication and has delusional thoughts a few times a year. He doesn’t work. He’s on disability. He gets quite a lot of ...

Lambert: A Power of Attorney May Not Be the Answer to Your Problems
For millions of people over the decades, the power of attorney has been an inexpensive way to give someone the right to act on another person’s behalf. But its power is not always absolute and when it fails, the consequences can be nothing short of ...

Bill to outlaw ‘rehoming’ of adopted children to become law
“It’s just a matter of transferring the custody via power of attorney.” The issue is under national scrutiny. Congress has ordered the Government Accountability Office to study the issue and a report is due this fall. “Rehoming is a benign name for ...

Exploitation of the elderly
Another example might be an adult child who brings his parent to Florida to enable the child to use his Durable Power Of Attorney as his parent’s “agent” to take $65,000 from his parent’s account in order to build a family room on his home.

Priyanka Vadra land case: No one can claim VIPs not covered under RTI, says Himachal SIC
the PIO and the FAA acted in a manner that no notice was served to Priyanka within five days of receipt of the application and efforts were made to contact her through the SPA (Special Power of Attorney).Even though the applicant made no reference to the ...

What You Need to Know About Being Power of Attorney
If you've got aging parents, at some point you may have to manage their financial affairs. They'll give you a power of attorney. A handy guide from the government shows you what you can and can't do with that document. When you act as power of attorney ...

Power of attorney: It’s easily abused
It’s a standard part of estate planning. It’s also, according to experts on elder fraud, a license to steal. It’s the power of attorney, a legal instrument designed to give a trusted individual the authority to handle financial or health matters for ...

When Caroline got Alzheimer's she used lasting power of attorney to put Tony in charge: What you must know about one of the most important forms you should fill out
For the past six years, Tony Smith has been forced to watch as his partner, Caroline Whitehead, has lost the ability to do anything for herself. At 52, Caroline was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s - a very aggressive form of the incurable disease.

Power of attorney: how flawed system cost one family £30,000
With Britain’s population ageing fast and greater numbers of people unable to control their finances unassisted, a record 250,000 powers of attorney are being registered each year. The attorney system enables family members and others to take legitimate ...

 

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PRESS RELEASE: LegalWills.co.uk Launches DIY Online Legal Will Service
The new, online service from Legalwills.co.uk allows individuals to prepare their will, in the convenience of their own home, for a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer.

A Last Will and Testament - The Worst Excuses For Not Having One
What should every adult have, but nearly three quarters do not? An up-to-date Last Will and Testament. Most people do not have a legal Will because of these top 10 excuses.

PRESS RELEASE: A Legal Will Does not Last a Lifetime
Most Canadians do not have a legal Will, but of those that do, most are not kept current. The process of maintaining one's Will is extremely important, but with a lawyer it can be inconvenient and expensive. A new online service by LegalWills.ca allows people to maintain their legal Will conveniently and cost effectively.

Where There's A Will...
The one thing in life that is guaranteed is death, and it is never too early to start thinking about your last wishes.

Living Wills
Death and dying-it's something that many people avoid talking about. But refusing to talk about it and make your end of life decisions can cause you--and your family--more grief and money than you may know.

Everybody's going to die, so we all need Wills
It may not be a pleasant thought to think about, but it happens. Everyone will die, and not all of us will die peacefully on our deathbed. It is vital that everyone, including teens, have a will.

Poll: More planning ahead for death, living wills
People are more likely these days to plan for their own death or talk to close relatives about the subject that many have long been inclined to avoid, a poll found.

The Web of Grief
Mrs. Strom is one of countless bereaved individuals who have turned to the Internet in their time of grief, using it not only to plan a funeral or contact relatives, but to pay tribute to a life lost.

Promoting Advance Directives
Society has paid a price for not recognizing the value of advance directives.

End of Life Care
There are a great many care options for the last days of life. Emotional and philosophical concerns, deciding where to receive care, and legal documents (such as advance directives, a health care proxy, and a living will) need to be discussed, decided, and legally secured to ensure you receive the treatment you want.

Gay Wills: Giving You The Choice
Under current legislation, if you don't make a Will your gay partner has no automatic right to your estate.

Wills Protect Children's Interests
Your will may be the most important document you ever create for your children.

Remains of Star Trek's 'Scotty' headed for space
Evidently Star Trek actor James "Scotty" Doohan took the catchphrase "beam me up" very seriously - his cremated remains will be launched into space in accord with his last wishes.

Clearing Up Estate Document Confusion
Few topics confuse investors more than figuring out what estate-related documents they need. Living Wills, Living Trusts, and Powers of Attorney are just a few of the terms that most find hard to define, let alone understand.

Be specific about your final wishes
What is the difference between advance directives and DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)? What should I do?

Legal Issues of Elderhood
There are four crucial documents each senior citizen should have: 1. An updated and valid will; 2. A durable power of attorney; 3. A living will; 4. A durable power of attorney for health care.

Living Wills Can Help In Hard Times
Q: My family and my doctor have been pushing me to sign a living will. I'm not comfortable signing a living will at this time. Do I really need one, or is this something I can do without?

Think About Your Estate Planning Checklist
You may think it's too soon to do estate planning. Yet, none of us can predict the future - so you'll want to be prepared for anything.

Digital Inheritance Raises Legal Questions
As more of our personal lives go digital, family members, estate attorneys and online service providers are increasingly grappling with what happens to those information bits when their owners die.

Families Need To Communicate End-of-Life Wishes
What do "quality of life," "heroic measures" and "dying with dignity" mean to you? What kind of care would you want if you were unable to speak for yourself? What are your hopes and fears about the medical treatments you might or might not receive? What makes life worth living or, conversely, not worth living?

What Next?
So, you've planned carefully, consulted the professionals and have your estate plan in order. Have you considered, however, what would happen if you became incapacitated or died suddenly? Would your spouse, family, attorney-in-fact or successor trustee know what to do?

Young, Single and in Need of an Estate Plan
Remember that hilarious episode of "Friends" where Ross convinces Rachel, Phoebe and the others to sit down and write their wills and designate durable power of attorney to each other in the event something should happen to them?

Little Things Cause Big Problems After Death
Death and taxes. We can't avoid them. And though we talk about taxes, death is a subject most of us avoid. We know it's out there and coming this way. Yet, we don't discuss it.

End-of-life Issues
Few things are more unnatural than talking about the end of one's life. It is a very uncomfortable topic to discuss with your partner, children, family and sometimes even your health-care provider.

As a Life Ebbs, the Ultimate Family Quarrel
Many people will put off the writing of a Living Will thinking that their family will be able to agree on the most appropriate care. Countless press articles suggest that the 30 minutes or so that it will take to prepare a Living Will is time very well spent.

Loved ones' ashes can give back to nature
As if shooting them into space or pressing them into artificial diamonds were not sufficiently offbeat, the deceased can now have their ashes mixed into concrete to help form ocean fish habitats.

Florida Supreme Court Decision on Schiavo Legal Case Highlights Importance of Getting Health Care Wishes in Writing
Elder Law Attorneys Offer Nine Tips to a Living Will, Health Care Proxy and Health Care Power of Attorney.

The Desperate Case of Terri Schiavo
The lengthy legal battle over the fate of Terri Schiavo in Florida has heightened people's interest in Living Wills and the Healthcare Power of Attorney.

Get Cracking On Will
People, in general, are often hesitant to prepare wills. There's a number of reasons for this.

Internet Can Help Send Loved One On
Sure, you can buy a car, order flowers, download music, purchase videos, fill prescriptions and even order pizza and grocery deliveries via the Internet. But when a loved one passes away, would you log on to a web site such as PartingWishes.com to send her on the way to the hereafter?

Digital Wills Concept Tested in Australia
People have been known to hide their wills in some pretty unusual locations, but concealing one in digital form inside a watch may take some beating.

Member wins Six Feet Under DVD set during "Make A Will Month"
Affiliate websites of PartingWishes.com (www.USLegalWills.com and www.LegalWills.ca) ran a "Six Feet Under" contest. This contest was to promote the October "Make A Will Month" at these web sites.

Online memorial adds second site for pets
A Canadian dot-com firm has expanded its business beyond online memorials for friends and family members to create a site exclusively for honouring the lives of pets.

PRESS RELEASE: ILovedMyPet.com Online Pet Memorial Service helps grieving pet owners
The loss of a pet can be one of the most stressful moments of a person's life. When a faithful companion of 10 years or more passes away, the feeling of loss can be more profound than the loss of a family member.

Official Launch of the ILovedMyPet.com Web Site
The web site is dedicated to assisting in the grieving process that follows the loss of a loved family pet.  Visitors can step through a simple question-and-answer wizard to create a personalized memorial web page as a tribute and commemoration to the life of their pet.

MyLife™ and MyMemorials™ services now Available
Have you ever wished you knew more about a relative who has now passed away, their philosophies on life, their experiences, their achievements? Would you like people to know the real you, after you are gone?

Out there: Remembering the dead
The price of immortality? How's 10 bucks sound? That's how much it costs to create an online memorial to yourself that family and friends can visit when you've left this mortal coil.

Create Funeral Plans, Wills at Unique Web Site
No one wants to think about dying, but failure to do so can leave loved ones in a bind. A unique Web site, PartingWishes.com, offers a variety of services to help consumers deal with this difficult topic.

PRESS RELEASE: PartingWishes.com Launches Unique Internet Estate Planning Services
PartingWishes.com has launched a unique portfolio of services that allows consumers to communicate their final wishes to loved ones after they have passed away. The interactive web site includes services for describing funeral wishes, drafting a legal Will, preparing multimedia messages and creating online memorials.

PRESS RELEASE: PartingWishes.com Introduces New Online U.S. Legal Will Service
PartingWishes.com announces a revolutionary new service, enabling consumers to create and update their Wills over the Internet. Now, from the comfort and privacy of their own home, all that a consumer needs is an Internet connection and about 30 minutes to create a custom Will that is legal in their local jurisdiction.

U.S. MyWill™ Service is now Available
PartingWishes.com is pleased to announce that the MyWill™ service is now available for our U.S. members. (This service was made available to our Canadian members earlier this year.)

A Death In The Family Brings Financial Issues
Here's a list of my top financial issues to consider when your spouse or common-law partner (CLP) dies.

Death Becomes You
Say goodbye to stodgy funerals. Boomers want more colourful sendoffs, something with flair and personality. Flashy coffins and turning your loved one's ashes into wearable gemstones are part of a whole new death experience.

Canadian MyWill™ Service is now Available
Who will care for your children? Who inherits your house, your money, or your prized baseball card collection? At PartingWishes.com we have removed the obstacles to writing a Will. It is convenient, low cost, and simple.

PRESS RELEASE: PartingWishes.com Launches Unique Internet Estate Planning Services
PartingWishes.com has launched a unique portfolio of services that allows consumers to communicate their final wishes to loved ones after they have passed away. The interactive web site includes services for describing funeral wishes, drafting a legal Will and preparing multimedia messages.

Divas Divine on Stairway to Heaven
When the coffin lid closes, would you really like the sound of Black Sabbath to accompany you to your heavenly reward?

Elders' 'Day-At-A-Time' Approach Neglects Planning
Senior citizens must ensure that their Will, Living Will, Power of Attorney, funeral plans and healthcare directives are in order.

Family Feud Over Ted Williams Body
The family feud over Ted Williams' body deepened when his Will showed that he wanted to be cremated, but the executor of his estate said the slugger later decided to be frozen.

Wills Can Leave a Bitter Legacy
Poor planning, vague bequests may lead to family feuds, lawyers warn.

Stuart Adamson of Big Country dies without a Will
A number of high profile cases have made headlines in North America which demonstrate the importance of writing a Will and keeping it up to date.

Same-sex Partners Should Each Write a Legal Will
News articles highlight the importance of writing a will in same-sex relationships.

PartingWishes.com secures additional funding
PartingWishes.com has secured additional funding from private investors. The undisclosed amount assures the viability of PartingWishes.com and its legal, funeral and estate planning services for the foreseeable future.

Estella Warren tries to communicate her final messages
On a commercial flight in June, Planet of the Apes movie star Estella Warren was so convinced that the plane was about to go down, that she felt compelled to document her final messages.

More Than Half of Americans Don't Have a Will, Says New Survey by FindLaw
According to a recent survey, 59% of American adults don't have a will, giving them little control or input into issues, such as what will happen to their assets and any minor children, after they die.

MyMessages™ service goes live
PartingWishes.com unveils the MyMessages™ service, which allows members to prepare multimedia messages to be delivered to designated friends and family members after they have passed away.

CBC's Market Place attacks the Canadian Legal Will Kit (also known as the Canadian National Will Kit, the Canadian National Will Guide, and the Complete Canadian Will Guide)
Consumer affairs TV show 'Market Place' attacks a product called the Canadian Legal Will Kit, and questions the use of all Do-It-Yourself Will kits.

Complete Strangers May Get a Share of Your Estate
Another case demonstrating the consequences of dying without a Will has been reported in California. This time the California Supreme Court reluctantly decided that a widow whose husband died without a Will must share his property with his half siblings, even though he never knew of their existence.

PRESS RELEASE: PartingWishes.com Launches Online Funeral and Estate Planning Services
PartingWishes.com has launched their online funeral and estate planning services web site.  This innovative Internet site allows members to create and maintain their Funeral wishes, Last Will and Testament, Living Will, Power of Attorney, and other advanced directives securely online from the convenience of their web browser.

PartingWishes.com is now online!
The initial launch of the web site includes services such as the "MyFuneral", "MyKeyholders", and "MyWalletCards" services.
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