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Canadian Legal Wills Blog - May 30, 2016 RSS Feed

Digital assets in your Last Will and Testament

As we spend more time online, our social, sentimental, and financial assets have begun to migrate online as well. Collectively, we have come to call these items, your digital assets. Unfortunately, people all too frequently neglect the digital component of estate planning. You probably haven’t considered creating a plan for your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter accounts. Maybe you […]

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The Canadian Will Kit – and the evolution of Will services

Many of us remember the TV ads for the Canadian Will Kit. It later became the Complete Canadian estate planning kit. It’s been over a decade since those ads ran on TV and Radio, and to this day, we still receive calls from people looking for one. Unfortunately, these kits became synonymous with “writing your […]

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Six consequences of dying intestate in Canada

Dying intestate means that you have died without a Will. I’m not sure that anybody plans to die without a Will. After all, most people don’t plan to die. But it happens. In fact, the vast majority of Canadian adults do not have a Will in place, and most of these people think that they […]

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Wills for Blended families and stepfamilies

First a definition; A stepfamily or blended family is a family where at least one parent has children, from a previous relationship, that are not genetically related to the other parent. Either one or both parents may have children from a previous relationship. Children from a stepfamily may live with one biological parent, or they may live with each […]

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Understanding Advance Directives – Advance Care Terminology

At LegalWills.ca we offer a complete set of estate planning services which include the Last Will and Testament, the financial Power of Attorney, and what we have been calling the “Living Will”. Our Living Will service typically includes a Healthcare Power of Attorney, that allows you to appoint a person to make medical decisions on […]

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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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U.S. Legal Wills Blog - May 30, 2016 RSS Feed

Making a Will; 5 reasons to not procrastinate

Thinking about Making a Will, but not managed to get started? don’t worry, you are not alone. Unfortunately, many people procrastinate the estate planning process for a variety of reasons. People might think that estate planning is complicated, time-consuming, or will cost them hundreds of dollars in fees. According to a survey by legal insurance […]

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A Joint Will, Mutual Wills, Reciprocal Wills explained

We get this question almost every day; “I would like a will for my husband and I. This is only letting me do one will. How do I get a joint Will that will allow us to give what we have to each other? Couples have several options when writing a Will together. Among them are: […]

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Digital assets – meet LifeLocker, the essential Executor tool

The issue of Digital assets has come up again in the mainstream press. It was covered on the CBC in Canada and then was picked up by media outlets around the World. The Washington post ran with the headline Her dying husband left her the house and the car, but he forgot the Apple password The […]

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A simple Will – From $0 to $1,000. How much should I pay?

You are already doing better than the vast majority of adults in the US. You know that you need a Will, and you are starting to do something about it. You have started researching the approaches to preparing a simple Will, and now you are thoroughly confused. How can it be that the same simple […]

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The six most common errors in a do it yourself Will.

Every once in a while a news article appears that describes how a person made a mistake when preparing a “do it yourself Will”. The legal profession often latch onto these articles as a warning for anybody thinking of preparing their own do it yourself Will, suggesting that if the person in the article made a mistake, […]

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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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U.K. Legal Wills Blog - May 30, 2016 RSS Feed

Naming a Guardian for Children – why you need a Will

“My husband and I are interested in creating a will. Our primary reason is to ensure our child’s care and safety. There are blood relatives that we do not feel are suited to take custody of our child. Can your service help us cover this concern in our wills? We need to name a guardian […]

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Who gets what if you die without a Will

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The Ten Best Reasons to Write a Will now

We know that most people have not written their Will. These people fall into two camps; the group who think it’s important, but haven’t got around to it yet, but hopefully they will write a Will at some time in the future. The second group are those who have the “why do I care? I’ll be dead […]

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How to make a Will – for somebody else…today

We get this question a lot “Can you let me know how to make a Will for my parents, or an elderly neighbour?”. You may have a friend or family member who needs a Will, but they are not very good with computers. You have heard horror stories about the blank DIY Will Kits and […]

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How to write a Will – 5 simple steps at LegalWills.co.uk

Most people know that they need a Will, but according to recent statistics, as many as 30 million UK adults have not made a Will. According to this report; more than half of UK adults don’t have a Will, but only ten percent of those have not even considered it. This report breaks down the […]

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Here’s a discount code for a Legal Will – 10 reasons why you won’t use it.

If you step through the service at LegalWills.co.uk, you can create a legal Will for £24.95. However, if you use the following discount code, you’ll get twenty percent off. You can have a legal Will in your hands in about twenty minutes for less than twenty quid. Everybody needs a Last Will and Testament, so what on earth would […]

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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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Expat Legal Wills Blog - May 30, 2016 RSS Feed

How to write a legal Will – the signing process

The Testator, Beneficiary, Executor, and Witness: The major roles involved in writing a legal Will. There are several key terms that describe people in relation to your legal Will. During the estate planning process, keep these terms in mind. Testator: The person creating or leaving a Last Will and Testament. Beneficiary: A person who receives […]

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Who can be a beneficiary when you write your own Will

You have finally decided that it’s time to write your own Will. There are key appointments to be made, like the naming of an Executor, or maybe guardians for your children. But the  main body of your Will is going to explain how you wish to distribute your estate (everything you own). This could be made […]

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How to write a Will – the service at ExpatLegalWills.com

Most people know that they need a Will, but with 65% of adults in Canada, the UK and the US without a Will, there is clearly a barrier to getting it done. In most cases there is a misconception that in order to prepare a Will, you must have an estate planning lawyer or solicitor […]

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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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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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News Headlines - May 30, 2016

Advance Directives in healthcare
Advance Directives are a simple document that states your choices for health care, or in the case of not being able to make decisions on your own due to illness or injury, appoints someone to make decisions for you. By putting your wishes in writing, you ...

SVH officials promoting the importance of ‘advanced directives’
with the registry, your health care provider and loved ones may be able to find a copy of your directive in the event you are unable to provide one. You can read more about the registry, including instructions on how to file your advance directive, and a ...

How a compassionate doctor can make all the difference in a good death
To the editor: Emergency-room physician Eric Snoey’s essay on withholding intense, life-saving treatment from a frail 90-year-old patient — instead obeying her advance directive and relieving her pain as she slipped away — reminds me of my mother and ...

Column: How much should be done to save a life?
Perhaps with this in mind, my patient had months earlier completed an advance directive. I was holding it in my hand. We were allowed to make her comfortable: pain medication, oxygen. Explicitly proscribed were intubation, vasopressor medications to ...

Senate committee urges advance directives
OTTAWA – A Senate committee is signalling that the government should allow advance requests for medical assistance in dying if it wants its controversial legislation on the matter to be approved by the upper chamber. But while the majority of committee ...

Free advance directive training at Payette Senior Center June 1
Signature Hospice and the Payette Senior Center are teaming up to present an advance directive training June 1. The free session begins at 11:30 a.m. at the senior center, 137 N. Main St., Payette. In addition to a presentation and training, help will be ...

Get Paid for Providing Advance Care Planning to Patients
For family physicians who've not yet embraced these codes, 99497 allows for billing the first 30 minutes of face-to-face time with the patient, family members and/or other surrogates when, for instance, explaining advance directives -- including discussing ...

The Trouble With Advance Directives
The man had written an advance directive four years ago, before his advancing 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 ...

Can you rely on an advance care directive?
Advance care planning is not about euthanasia or assisted suicide. It is about respecting a persons' wishes about what is to be done or not done to their own body. I recall, many years ago, before the introduction of the Medical Treatment Act 1988 (Vic), a ...

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 Will' Meltdown Hypothesis
Timing of deadline for 5 banks coincides knee-deep into elections. Government has trapped itself to continue and cut off lending over time. There is no way corporate insiders can explain away the huge notional values that can subdue the government from ...

Living will leak sign of bigger info security problems at FDIC, Fed
The FDIC’s Inspector General says hearts and minds have to change, not just the policies and procedures, if regulators are going to prevent and detect breaches of personal and market sensitive data in house. Banking regulators are reluctant to admit ...

Bank 'living wills' light on information, but reveal problems: U.S. monitor
Even with the limited information, the Office of Financial Research found that banks "remain complex organizations," which it said confirms the "recent rejection and criticism by regulators of living will submissions." Last month, federal regulators gave ...

Respect living will: Bill seeks to empower terminally ill patients but needs critical revisions
Along with a good life, the wish for a good death is a basic human attribute. When illness or accident make living with dignity impossible, then the desire for dying with dignity grows – which today often translates into a desire to pull the plug on ...

August Wilson's JITNEY and COST OF LIVING Added to MTC's 2016-17 Season
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's plays in the author's masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway - until now. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a ...

New federal overtime salary threshold will help 110K in NYC: Scott Stringer
Any federal standard above the $35,100 overtime threshold in New York, which has a high cost of living, will inhibit economic growth in more rural states in the South and Midwest, Tammy McCutchen, a Washington D.C. lawyer who works with the U.S. Chamber of ...

Where there's a will - and more - there's peace of mind
That said, Fishbein adds, there are compelling reasons for having an estate plan, and three core documents you’ll need to create one: a power of attorney, a living will or health care proxy, and a will. In this article, Fishbein describes these core ...

What Citigroup’s ‘Living Will’ Win Means for Big Banks
Citigroup C 1.66 % earned bragging rights on Wall Street this week by being the only big U.S. bank whose so-called living will wasn’t found to be not credible by either the Federal Reserve or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The fact that Citi ...

Sign A Healthcare Proxy, Living Will And Power Of Attorney
Sign four copies of both this document and your living will. Keep one and give one each to your health care agent, your primary physician and a trusted advisor. What Are Your Final Wishes? If you have preferences about end-of-life care, you should create a ...

5 Questions to Ask Before Writing a Living Will
It's one of those tasks on many people's to-do lists. But it’s way down at the bottom of the list: writing a living will. A living will is a legal document, also called an advance health care directive, which details how you'd like to be cared for if ...

Wills and Powers of Attorney
Often people assume that their spouse will automatically be their power of attorney. This is not the case. Because of the Privacy Act and other legislation and cases, financial institutions are very leery of assisting anyone who is not the account holder ...

Myths of estate planning
3. All couples need powers of attorney, married or not. Sure, even if you don’t have a medical power of attorney, your spouse will be able to make medical decisions for you. But what if they can’t? A good medical power of attorney will grant the same ...

Is Your Aging Parent An Out Of Control Spender?
She has a durable power of attorney and had the legal ability to block further withdrawals from mom’s account. She took everything away from Diana but one credit card. And what did the clever thief “David” do? He instructed Diana to get a cash ...

Why Would I Need a Power of Attorney in Retirement?
Whether you are retired or just turned 18, you should have this legal document. If you are nearing retirement and have never executed a power of attorney, get one. Now. You may have dodged incapacity due to an injury or illness so far, but how lucky do you ...

What do know about Power of Attorney
On occasion, we skip our usual letter and response format to discuss topics that we feel are important to everyone. This is one of those times. A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal instrument in which you may appoint someone you trust as your agent, or ...

Where there's a will - and more - there's peace of mind
That said, Fishbein adds, there are compelling reasons for having an estate plan, and three core documents you’ll need to create one: a power of attorney, a living will or health care proxy, and a will. In this article, Fishbein describes these core ...

Misconduct Remedies Against an Agent Under a Power of Attorney
In a prior blog post, I discussed the duties of an agent under a power of attorney. In this blog post, I discuss the remedies that people have against an agent under a power of attorney when the agent commits misconduct. The first issue is who has standing ...

Power of Attorney Is Not Always a Solution
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 ...

Power of Attorney?
Can the Administrator of our Community of Property Owners refuse to accept a Power of Attorney sent by e-mail? And, are not the owners required to keep their properties in good order? P D (Costa Blanca) A. Yes, he can, because he has no way of knowing for ...

The Financial Side of Being a Caregiver
Power of attorney, or a durable power of attorney, gives a trusted party the ability to make important decisions about finances and health care. Another helpful legal document is an advanced directive, which outlines specifics for medical and end-of-life care.

 

PartingWishes.com News Articles RSS Feed

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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