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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 […]

The funnel to a successful estate plan
It’s an unfortunate reality that very few people end up with a perfectly executed estate plan. In an ideal world we would see every person’s assets being passed to the next generation in a way that represents their wishes, in reality there are a number of key steps to this process and consequently too many […]

Where are your assets?
Let us assume for now that you are one of the minority who has written your Last Will and Testament. Now let us assume that you are one of the few of that minority who has bothered to keep it up to date. There’s a good chance that your Will would say something like “I […]

The challenge of keeping your Will up-to-date
Most professional advisors recommend that you update your Will after key life events. Certainly marriage, divorce, the birth of new children, or the death of a beneficiary would all necessitate a review of your Will. Sadly though, these life events are generally so significant that the updating of your Will is probably the furthest thing […]

Fear and loathing of our Will service
There are generally two different reactions to our legal Will service and yesterday we experienced both. A lawyer tweeted yesterday about our service “Danger, Avoid”, and then an hour later somebody called into our customer service line and said “my mother had a Will written up when she was 85 and was charged $700, we […]

Six ways the law is a hundred years out of date
As the owner of a company that allows people to prepare their own Will – online, at any time, there are many services we would love to add, but are continually stymied by a law that fundamentally hasn’t changed in centuries. We live in a smartphone, biometric, social World which is entirely ignored by our […]

What exactly is a Last Will and Testament?
One of the most common questions we receive at LegalWills is “do I need a lawyer’s stamp or something to make my Will a legal document?”. The easiest way to answer this question is to look at the legal statutes that define exactly what makes a random document an actual Will. Let’s take one from […]


News Headlines - April 19, 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.

Living Spaces to Open Newest Location in Arizona
California-based Living Spaces is opening its newest location, and second store in Arizona, on April 24, 2014. The Living Spaces Phoenix showroom will be located at 6600 W. Latham St.

Lawyers help people fill out living wills at nursing homes
Helen Henzler filled out a living will on Wednesday because she wants to make sure her end-of-life wishes are followed.

Steamboat briefs: Casey’s Pond to host information session, lunch
Casey’s Pond Senior Living will hold a free informational seminar and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The seminar will focus on nursing home myths. Participants will learn about the common nursing home myths, the new resort-style senior living environments, the history of nursing homes and new trends in senior care. Participants also will be able to take a tour of the community ...

Steamboat briefs: Casey’s Pond to host free information seminar, lunch
Casey’s Pond Senior Living will hold a free informational seminar and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The seminar will focus on nursing home myths. Participants will learn about the common nursing home myths, the new resort-style senior living environments, the history of nursing homes and new trends in senior care. Participants also will be able to take a tour of the community ...

Labour takes aim at Tory marginals in 'middle Britain' vote drive
Labour party sees cost-of-living struggle of 'middle Britain' as key to 2015 election Labour will this week launch a drive to win over Tory and floating voters in "middle Britain", having identified the cost of living as the key issue that it thinks could swing the next election in marginal Conservative-held seats. The New Labour-style move, the first intervention by the party's recently ...

Chattanoogan.com - Chattanooga's source for breaking local news
Independent Healthcare Properties (IHP) and Morning Pointe Assisted Living will kick off the groundbreaking celebration for the new Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford on April 22 at 10:30 a.m. Already, the building is being framed in and the construction project is on target for an early 2015 opening.

Learn about sustainable living at fair
EUREKA -- The second annual Sustainable Living Skills Fair will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St.

The Birches officially opens in Newtown Township; will roll out the red carpet for a public open house in April
NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP - The Birches will welcome its first residents this week inaugurating Bucks County's newest senior living community.

The Makers of 5-hour ENERGY® Shots Sponsor Rob Pannell and U.S. Professional Outdoor Lacrosse Teams
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Living Essentials, the distributor of 5-hour ENERGY® shots, announced today it will sponsor professional lacrosse player, New York Lizards' attackman ...

Inflation falls; house prices 'out of control' - as it happened
Inflation drops to 1.6% London "superbubble " house prices up 17.7% Labour says gov. complacent on economy EU and US to extend sanctions on Russia 3.05pm BST Before we close the blog, here is a quick glance at tomorrow's agenda. In the UK, the cost of living will again be at the fore, with unemployment data out at 9.30. We will also have an update on the public finances, plus a slew of corporate ...

Advance directives -- today's the day: National Healthcare Decisions Day
Both Riverside and Sentara health systems are promoting the importance of Advance Care Planning in order to reduce medical costs and provide appropriate care in keeping with a patient's wishes.

Take time now for end-of-life decisions, experts advise
Easter is for many people the holiday of peace, and some experts in advance directives -- paperwork that gives our dying wishes -- say this is a good time to get peace of mind by filling them out, or at least discussing your wishes with loved ones.

Free Medical Living Wills offered at community center
The El Paso County Attorney’s office, University Medical Center, and the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) joined forces Wednesday, offering free Advance Medical Directives (living wills) and medical Powers of Attorney to t 0 0 read more

How Can You Make Sure Your Care Wishes are Met if You Can't Speak Up?
CHICAGO, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While no one wants to think about the possibility that one day their health, or a loved one's, might be compromised and prevent them from making their own health care decisions, it becomes an unfortunate reality for many Americans every...

Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Advance Directives
If you got sick and couldn't take care of yourself, do you know how you would be cared for or what type of decisions would be made regarding your health? A simple form called an Advance Directive could help you answer those questions. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day and in our Martha Jefferson Healthwise report, Stephanie Satchell met with Doctor Karen Starr to find out how the ...

RMC observing National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16
The Regional Medical Center and other organizations are highlighting the importance of making health care decisions in advance — an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Media Alert: Qualidigm to Host Call-to-Action Public Awareness Event at Connecticut State Capitol on National ...
The April 16th event will educate the public about the importance of making healthcare decisions known in advance. Congressman John Larson will be the featured speaker along with government representatives and a national expert on advance directives. (PRWeb April 14, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11760964.htm

Press Release
PORTLAND Ore. April 3 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Â Since only one in four Americans has completed an advance directive indicating their end-of-life healthcare wishes Compassion & Choices today urged all Americans to "Make Your Plan" for National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) on April 16. Compassion & Choices is holding dozens of local events throughout the country to encourage and help ...

Cognitive Impairment Common Among Community-Dwelling and Nursing-Home Resident Elderly Nearing End-of-Life
More than 70% of elderly Medicare beneficiaries experience cognitive impairment or severe dementia near the end-of-life and may need surrogate decision makers for healthcare decisions. Advance care planning for older adults with dementia may be particularly important for individuals who do not reside in a nursing home or a long-term care facility, according to an article published in the April ...

National event urges Americans to plan for the end
National Health Care Decisions Day, marked on this date for the seventh year, is one in which patients and health providers are encouraged to think about their own end-of-life preferences. The man behind it, health care attorney Nathan Kottkamp, says such considerations have never been more critical. "It's a broken record issue," said Kottkamp, a member of multiple hospital ethics committees ...

Brighton women arraigned in elder scam
A probate lawyer urged seniors to give power of attorney only to someone they know well after two Brighton women were arraigned yesterday on a 63-count indictment accusing them of stealing more than $450,000 from a disabled elderly neighbor by leveraging the woman’s cat to gain control of her finances.

Healing is the message of interfaith service for shooting rampage victims
Clergy of different faiths, joined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, delivered messages of hope and unity Thursday before more than 1,300 people gathered at the Jewish Community Center in… Click to Continue »

SENIOR SIGNALS: Questions about power of attorney and conservatorship
Daniel. O Tully We continue to receive lots of questions from elder care professionals and members of the community about power of attorney and conservatorship. It has been awhile since we have devoted a column to this topic and we decided it was time for a review.

SENIOR SIGNALS: Answering questions on power of attorney, conservatorship
We continue to receive lots of questions from elder care professionals and members of the community about power of attorney and conservatorship. It has been awhile since we have devoted a column to this topic and we decided it was time for a review.

Cyrus Mistry's family owned company accuses its attorney of fraud, illegal land sales
A company owned by the family of Tata Sons chairman , Cyrus P Mistry, has accused the attorney it hired to take care of issues related to properties it bought from the Hyderabad Nizams of fraudulently selling them.

Obama commutes sentence made longer by typo
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama used the unique power of the nation's highest office Tuesday to correct a typo.

Power of Attorney for Property Just as Important as a Written Will: Scotiabank Estate Planning Experts
Study finds one third of Canadians have powers of attorney for property Half of Canadians have not spoken to their families about their written wills A recent Scotiabank study found that half...

Heartbreak for family of MERS virus victim as body cannot leave UAE
The sister of a paramedic who died from the MERS coronavirus in Al Ain has been told his remains cannot be sent back to the Philippines for burial because of the risk of infecting others. Instead, the body of Abundio Verzosa Esporlas will be cremated after his family signed over power of attorney to the Filipino embassy. The victim’s UK-based sister, who had travelled to the UAE to arrange for ...

How to Have Some Control Over the Last Days of Your Life
In 2007, Gretchen Wirges’ father was diagnosed with cancer at age 62. Her parents had not set up living wills, which spell out what actions should be taken for your medical care if you become incapacitated or unable to communicate your wishes directly. The living will could give power of attorney to relatives, friends or lawyers to act on your behalf. The Wirges family scrambled to do the ...

‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Underage Boy
“X-Men” director Bryan Singer is being accused of drugging, raping, and using his power to exploit a teenage boy in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii, plaintiff Michael Egan, who was named in a press release by his lawyers, was 17 when he was forcibly sodomized by Singer, among other accusations ...

 

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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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