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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 22, 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.

Future of Communications Test and Measurement Solutions Lies in Software
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Megatrends such as connected living , big data , smart cities and wearable computing will drive the future of the communications test equipment market. ...

Retail Notebook: A compilation of southern cooking
Sheri Castle, author of The Southern Living Community Cookbook, will be on hand for a book signing Saturday at Barbaros on Herritage Street in Kinston. Castle will also be taking part in the Lenoir County Farmer’s Market cooking demonstration with Vivian Howard.

Cambridge House of Maryville to Host Veteran Resource Meeting
Cambridge House of Maryville, a BMA affordable assisted living community, will host a resource meeting for veterans and their spouses on Dec. 11. The community in the St. Louis Metro East area serves seniors of all incomes, including those on Medicaid. (PRWeb November 19, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Assisted-Living/Maryville-Illinois/prweb12336914.htm

Obama lifts deportation threat hanging over 5 mn migrants
US President Barack Obama will offer five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to come out of the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated Obama's Republican critics, the White House said nearly all undocumented people living in country for more than five years and who have a child who is a US citizen or legal permanent resident ...

Ahmad explains how GST will decrease living costs
Minister dispels common perception that GST will cause a hike in the cost of living

Victory Living Programs' Adult Day Training Program Clients Give Back By Cooking Up a Thanksgiving Feast
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A week before Thanksgiving, those who benefit from the opportunities provided by Victory Living Programs will give thanks to those who help make it ...

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

Inside the car of the future with Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz believes that when autonomous vehicles become the norm the car will become a living room on wheels.

Highlights from Obama's immigration plan
President Obama announced a sweeping plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system on Thursday night. The changes will drastically alter the lives of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.

Obama to defy Congress and unveil immigration plan
US President Barack Obama will declare Thursday his intention to give temporary residency to millions of undocumented migrants, setting up a clash with an angry Congress. Obama's executive action could affect up to five million of the estimated 11 million people -- most of them from Mexico and Central America -- living and working illegally in the United States. Since 1986, when then Republican ...

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.

EXCHANGE: McHenry County focus on end-of-life care
MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) - Sitting in a hospital bed at Centegra Hospital - McHenry, a hospital chaplain walked 84-year-old Teresa Guardi through the different life-sustaining measures the hospital can take - ventilators, dialysis, CPR and feeding tubes. "At my age, why should I care about a ventilator?" the ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advance directives can benefit patients, families, and health care system
( The Gerontological Society of America ) Nearly one out of four older 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, which goes on to show that Americans strongly support holding doctors accountable when they fail to honor patients ...

Jack Johnson: Little left of earnings
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and, according to a Columbus Dispatch report, claims that his parents are responsible for helping lead him "financially astray."

Power Bank chargers recalled due to fire hazard
When the Power Bank Charge is being charged or being used to charge another device, it can overheat, causing a fire hazard.

Ft. Lauderdale beauty shop decides to give refund to man with dementia
The owner of Luxury Beauty in Fort Lauderdale has had a change of heart: Nissim Buzaglo has taken back two bags of beauty products and issued 67-year-old Terry Owens a full refund of $7,738. Terry Owens has advanced stages of dementia. Friends said he has very little judgment and little ability to make decisions. He has no family. Peter Harrington, a longtime friend who has power of attorney ...

Seek a reverse mortgage on Mom's house?
Dear Senior Living Adviser, I am 62 years old, currently not working and just recently started to receive Social Security retirement benefits. Unfortunately, I have no retirement savings to rely on other than Social Security.

Prosecution cites Rodella’s past, asks for strict sentence
U.S. Attorney's Office lists long list of 'abuse of power'

Jackets' Johnson bankrupt, blames parents
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and, according to a Columbus Dispatch report, claims that his parents are responsible for helping lead him "financially astray."

Ken Buck: A slice of power
President Barack Obama visited We The Pizza today in D.C., at the same time Rep. -elect Ken Buck, and his wife, state Rep.

Despite Orders to Free Prisoners, Officials Cling to Cheap Inmate Firefighters
As California’s historic drought conditions coincide with the success of criminal justice reform initiatives, some state officials look to be in open panic. Afraid of losing the prisoners who have become crucial in fights against rampant wildfires, attorneys from Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office recently argued that a new early-parole program for nonviolent offenders would chip into their ...

Settlement reached in 2 civil suits involving ex-Mingo County, WV judge, 3 others pending
 Three other lawsuits are pending against disgraced Mingo County circuit judge Michael Thornsbury. who federal prosecutors say systematically abused the power of his office.

Texas Coalition for Affordable Power: Member Cities Receive End-Of-Year Dividends
More than $650,000 in electricity rebate checks are being distributed this month to scores of cities and other political subdivisions — an unexpected holiday boon courtesy of the T

 

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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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