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Migration of our blog
After 5 years and over a hundred articles, we have decided to migrate our blog to the websites that offer our services. Each of our location specific websites will now be hosting its own blog – no more articles will appear here. You can follow our new blogs at https://www.legalwills.ca/blog/ https://www.uslegalwills.com/blog/ https://www.legalwills.co.uk/blog/ https://www.expatlegalwills.com/blog/ Thanks for […]

Why people still don’t understand digital assets
I read a recent article describing digital assets. The article described the need to create a plan for bequeathing one’s online presence to loved ones and talked about the need to wrap up old Facebook, Twitter and social media accounts by including these “digital assets” in one’s Last Will and Testament. It’s not just social […]

Don’t let other people’s mistakes put you off preparing your own Will.
Every once in a while there is an unfortunate case of somebody making a mistake when attempting to prepare their own Will. A recent case in Florida has been reported, quite literally, thousands of times through different law blogs as a “cautionary tale” of how things can go badly wrong when you try to prepare […]

The trouble with lawyers
The legal boys have won again And you and I have lost They can’t tell us how it happened But they’ll let us know the cost Elton John – Legal Boys When our Last Will and Testament service is complimented for its convenience and affordability I feel a sense of pride, but I have to […]

The cost of a Will – enter Walmart
In previous articles we have discussed the cost of a Will. How is it that we charge $34.95 or £24.95 when the exact same document created by a lawyer will cost anything up to $800 or £500? There are a variety of reasons for this; our costs are kept down because you are effectively writing […]

The scourge of the online Will kit
Here’s the problem; everybody needs a Will, but lawyers are too expensive and inconvenient. As a result 65 percent of people don’t have a Will. To address this issue, countless “downloadable Will forms” proliferate across the internet. People use these forms and their loved ones end up with a mountain of trouble. Let’s explore the […]

Documenting your assets; online or paper?
The single most challenging job for an Executor of a Last Will and Testament is to gather up the estate. The estate is made up of land or buildings, financial accounts and policies, “chattels” (stuff that you own), and now, increasingly online accounts. If the list of assets is not written down or stored anywhere it […]

Keeping up to date with Estate Planning laws
This week in Canada, the Province of British Columbia enacted new laws for the preparation of Wills. The changes were described by some as “sweeping” and the “most significant update in the law for decades”. In reality though, there were only two meaningful changes for service providers like us. Firstly, it lowered the eligible age for preparing […]

Why common-law marriage is a myth
Often times we end up writing articles that try and explain the kind of mess you can get into if you don’t have a Will. So often, the complexities of the law can be avoided completely if you write a Last Will and Testament. Common-law marriage is a case in point. According to some statistics, […]

You may not need legal advice to write a Will
I received an interesting comment from somebody recently; “I learned of a woman who did a Will through this process but was not advised about how to care for her disabled child when she passed. No Hensen trust was set up for the child. In my personal and professional experience, a person should receive legal advice […]


News Headlines - November 25, 2014

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.

Pack away your thermals, summer's coming
Summer is expected to arrive on time for people living north of Taupo but those further south will not be so lucky.

Work to start on independent living community
St. Joseph Manor in Thibodaux will start construction next week on an independent-living facility for people age 55 and older that’s the first of its kind in area.

Sunrise Senior Living Provides Helpful Memory Care Resources During Alzheimer’s Awareness and National Caregiver Month
Sunrise Senior Living will recognize Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month with Resources to Remember, November 2-8. The North American event is aimed at support

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Sunni clerics and community leaders living in exile in Jordan say power-sharing in Iraq between Kurds, Sunnis and Shias will be needed to bring stability to the violence-wracked nation.

Palmers to open popular Planet store in Westgate centre
This summer, those living near the expansive new Westgate shopping precinct in West Auckland will join the residents of Albany and Hamilton in being able to enjoy the wonder, convenience and practicality of a Palmers Planet store.

How Retirement Benefits Will Change in 2015
Social Security and Medicare will be making important changes to their programs next year. Individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s will also be tweaked in significant ways. Here's a look at the new features your retirement benefits will have next year.

Living Water Church to host House Walk tea event Saturday
This year’s holiday tea that accompanies the House Walk will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Living Water Church of the Nazarene.

Convicted child killer will live in Appleton following release from prison
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - The man convicted of killing a six-year-old Kaukauna girl, will soon be out of prison and living in Appleton. Vincent Fisher was convicted on December 20, 1988, of 2nd degree murder and sexual assault of a 6-year-old, non-relative, female household member. Fisher was sentenced to the maximum of 20 years in prison for each offense. Based on the law that was in effect when ...

Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck
Ah, the joys of living paycheck to paycheck. Looking forward to the 15th and 30th because you’re broke every 13th … The post Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck appeared first on iMoney.ph.

Donation will help build more housing at OWU
An anonymous donation of $750,000 will go toward the construction of a "small living unit" on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.

End-of-life registry now offers wallet cards
By Lydia Nuzum West Virginia's online portal for end-of-life advance directives has begun issuing wallet-sized cards to those who have filed forms with the agency in order to make it easier for health- care providers to make the best calls in emergency situations, according to the doctor who heads the service. The West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care, which operates the West Virginia e ...

W.Va. center offers end-of-life directive cards
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginians can obtain wallet-sized cards listing their end-of-live advance directives. The West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care is providing the cards to people who have filed advance directive forms with the agency. Advance directive allow people to list what medical decisions can ...

Pro bono spotlight: Volunteers provide legal service to seniors
It’s more than a document. It’s peace of mind. We can all agree that getting advance directives in place is more than completing a questionnaire. It’s making important decisions, stating preferences and designating spokespersons.

Seniors Want Doctors to Follow End-of-Life Wishes: Gerontological Society
Nov. 4, 2014 - Nearly one out of four senior Americans say that either they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, according to the latest issue of The Gerontological Society of America’s Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR), which goes on to show that Americans strongly support holding doctors accountable when they fail to honor patients’ end-of-life health ...

Nursing students, medical professionals discuss advance care directives
University students, nurses and faculty members held a flash seminar Thursday at the Center for Global Health on advanced care directives.

Les Cockrell: Organization to offer end-of-life information
The Denton Area Partnership for End-of-Life Care will host two free events Friday to offer information about advance directives and how to file for a medical power of attorney.

Free workshops help families deal with end of life issues
Tailored to meet the needs of seniors, their families and care-givers, a workshop titled “Life and End-of-Life Planning for Seniors, their Families and Caregivers” will be offered later this month. The workshop will cover powers of attorney, advance directives and a checklist for what to do when a death occurs.

Calendar of events, Nov. 16-22
Classes and workshops WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19 Advance Care Planning for Caregivers: Workshop will help caregivers understand important end-of-life issues, including advance directives and other health considerations.

Advance Directive on Holiday Menu
Mimi Jenko: A directive lets family members know your wishes in case of health care emergency

Advance directives can benefit patients, families, health care system
Nearly one out of four older Americans say that either they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, according to a report, which goes on to show that Americans strongly support holding doctors accountable when they fail to honor patients' end-of-life health care wishes.

What power of attorney is … and isn’t
You’ve been asked by a relative or close friend to be their power of attorney (POA) – and you feel honoured because it means that person considers you to be trustworthy and capable. But what is a POA in the first place?

Should I Seek a Reverse Mortgage on Mom's House?
Daughter has the right to get reverse mortgage on Mom's house, but is it the best tack?

Power Morcellator News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes New Report Tying Popularity of Uterine Morcellation to Rise of ...
NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --As the Firm continues to investigate power morcellator lawsuits (http://www.morcellatorlawsuit2015.com) on behalf of women who allegedly experienced the spread of uterine sarcomas and other cancers due to uterine morcellation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes a new report which suggests that the availability of robotic surgery may have led to the increasing ...

Court rules that rich widow can revoke ex-tour guide's control over her assets
SINGAPORE - The Family Court in Singapore has ruled that wealthy widow Chung Khin Chun can cancel former China tour guide Yang Yin's Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) over her assets. The Straits Times reported that the court made the decision on Monday, deeming her mentally capable of changing her mind over who should look after her welfare and assets, worth over $40 million. RELATED STORIES ...

Court rules that rich widow can revoke ex-tour guide's control over her asset
SINGAPORE - The Family Court in Singapore has ruled that wealthy widow Chung Khin Chun can cancel former China tour guide Yang Yin's Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) over her assets. The Straits Times reported that the court made the decision on Monday, deeming her mentally capable of changing her mind over who should look after her welfare and assets, worth over $40 million. RELATED STORIES ...

Family Court to decide on Monday over control of widow's $40 million assets
SINGAPORE - In the latest development involving 87-year-old Madam Chung Khin Chun's $40m assets, the Family Court will have to make a decision on Monday on whether her mental capability can allow her to change her mind on who should look after her welfare and assets. According to The Straits Times, the closed-door hearing on the rich widow's bid to cancel the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) she ...

Obama ramps up defense of immigration action; conservatives urge tough response
Meanwhile, Republicans tried to craft a viable response as outrage among the conservatives boils.

Attorney General: Scammers threaten to turn off power
A telephone payment scam targeting Duke Energy customers and customers of other utilities could heat up as the weather cools, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday.

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In more recent times, there has been considerable debate about the power of the Prime Minister to dissolve the Parliament which is contained in the Constitution.

AARP Iowa encourages seniors to learn about new power of attorney act
DES MOINES — Anthony Carroll has heard the horror stories of seniors being victimized by power of attorney abuse. In one case, a family member used power of attorney to purchase a $100,000...

 

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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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