Canadian Legal Wills Blog - October 1, 2016
Guardian for your children – How to name a guardian in your Will.
How to Choose a Guardian for Your Children One of the most important things which you need to consider when you are making your Will is how to choose a guardian. They will take care of your minor children in the event of your death. This really isn’t something that anyone ever wants to think […]
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The Free Will Kit – why they are not such a great idea
There are two types of people who comment on our pricing, those who have previously used a lawyer, and those who are considering the use of a free Will kit. The first group usually say; “Wow, I was quoted $800 to write my Will, and your service is less than $40. How can your service […]
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The Affidavit of Execution and signing your Will. What makes a Will legal?
One of the most common misconceptions associated with writing your own Will is around the signing process. We answer this question ten times a day, so I thought I would provide some explanation. Many of you may have heard of an Affidavit of Execution, but you may be unsure of what it is, and what […]
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Your Executor – the most important appointment of your life
A key question that many people struggle with is: Who will be your executor in your Last Will and Testament? Okay, who or what exactly is your Executor? First of all, it is important to know the definition of an executor and what role they play in your last will and testament. It is your executor’s responsibility to handle […]
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Number of Canadians without Wills significantly under-reported
There appears to be divided opinion on the importance of Wills. There are a group who believe that a Will is a document to be written on one’s deathbed, as a final statement to explain who will receive the family heirlooms. Fortunately, most of us are wiser, and understand that a Will is something that […]
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Digital assets in your Last Will and Testament – you need a plan.
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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U.S. Legal Wills Blog - October 1, 2016
Pets in a Will – how do you make sure that your pets are cared for?
Should You Make Provision for Your Pets in a Will? We have all seen the stories of eccentric millionaires who leave their fortune to their pets in a Will. Their relatives are cut out of the Will, but Fido receives a very generous legacy. But it’s not as easy as you may think to leave something to […]
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How to write a Will – key steps to successfully writing your Will
Do you want to know how to write a Will? Even though writing a Will is one of the most important things that everyone ought to do, most of us are very good at avoiding the issue. Most people put off the task of writing a Will, even though it is one of the most […]
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Writing your Will: we can help with the definitive guide
As with any task that comes to mind on odd occasions in your life, writing your Will can seem overwhelming. So much so, that most people don’t do it. However, if you are coming to this page, something that probably happened in your life to make you realize that writing a Will is a vitally […]
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Considerations in writing a Will for Blended Families
What are blended families? Blended families is a term that includes families for whom one or both partners have children from a previous marriage. In other words, your spouse may not be the biological parent of your children. Blended families have become increasingly common, especially as the divorce rate in many countries including the United States […]
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Are there even fewer Americans without Wills?
A number of surveys over the last few years have reported that anywhere from 55 percent to 64 percent of Americans have not written their Wills. However, one under-reported statistic is the number of people who have their Will in place, but made it so long ago, that it no longer reflects their current circumstance. At […]
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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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U.K. Legal Wills Blog - October 1, 2016
Estate Plan – the seven critical documents that you need
You may have heard of the term “estate plan”. Perhaps you know it has something to do with your Last Will and Testament. But what exactly is an estate plan and how do you set one up? In short, an estate plan is a set of documents that allow you to control your health and […]
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Holographic Will – clearing up some misconceptions
You may have come to the conclusion that writing your Will with a solicitor is too expensive. You have thought that maybe you could write your own Will. But when you google the topic, “writing your own Will” leads you to all kinds of conflicting information. Eventually, you find information about the holographic Will, and have […]
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Free Will Kits exposed – why they are the worst option.
“Why should I pay £24.95 for your service when there are free Will kits available everywhere?” . A reasonable enough question, so please allow us to explain. In every high street in the UK we have seen a growth of the pound shop; Poundland, PoundWorld, Poundstretcher and just to shake it up; 99pLand. But we […]
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Want to write your own Will? 10 things to look out for.
Maybe a solicitor has quoted you a few hundred pounds to prepare your Will. Perhaps you are now considering whether you can write your own Will. You may be wondering “how hard can it be?”. It’s entirely possible to write your own Will, but let us give you a few pointers. Estate planning (the process of writing a Will) can […]
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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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Expat Legal Wills Blog - October 1, 2016
Confused about Wills? Unusual expressions demystified.
Although estate planning can be easy and intuitive, the legal jargon surrounding Wills can make it confusing for those who aren’t familiar with the process. Although many aspects of estate planning are actually relatively simple, the unfamiliar language that people associate with the law can make these aspects seem daunting, even unintelligible. The awkward words used in […]
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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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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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News Headlines - October 1, 2016
Advance Directives Help Clarify Treatment When You Can’t : Useful Tools During A Crisis
From My Files Friday: Psychiatric advance directives are more common today than they were when my son suffered his first breakdown in 2002 or when I first posted this blog in early 2010. If you aren’t familiar with a PAD — you should be because it ...
OGH to present program on advance directives
Olean General Hospital will present “Advance Directives” Oct. 5 at the Education Center at OGH. Presented by Joy Lavelle, admissions coordinator, the Pavilion at BRMC, the program will outline how to express healthcare related wishes ahead of time ...
Majority of Hongkongers willing to sign document setting out end-of-life treatment, survey finds
Patients can sign a document called advance directives under the supervision of a doctor if they do not want to receive emergency procedures like cardiopulmonary resuscitation and tube feeding. There is currently no law to back up the execution of a ...
Advance directives save heartache
When I read the article about Nora Harris and her experience with early onset Alzheimer’s disease (“Oregon orders woman spoon-fed despite end-of-life directive,” Sept. 20), my heart broke for this family. Advance directives are so important, and the ...
Man says state ignoring wife's wishes in advance directive
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Over the course of roughly 40 years, Bill Harris has built up a lifetime of memories with his wife Nora. “She was a very bright person. She was a librarian. We went to Antarctica twice,” said Harris. But now she's much different.
Oregon orders woman spoon-fed despite advanced directive
Oregon officials are requiring a nursing facility to spoon-feed a woman despite her making clear that measures should not be taken to prolong her life. When former librarian Nora Harris was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2009, she and ...
Oregon law requires Alzheimer's patient be spoon-fed despite advance directive
Despite having signed an advance directive drawn up by a lawyer to limit attempts to prolong her life if she became incapacitated, an Oregon woman suffering early onset Alzheimer’s disease is being spoon-fed at a nursing home, the Mail Tribune newspaper ...
Looking Ahead launches fall series of advance care planning workshops
“Our objective is to increase the number of people in our communities who have current advance directives where they can actually do what they’re designed to do: get you the care and treatment you want if you can no longer speak for yourself.
BRMC to present program on advance directives
Bradford Regional Medical Center officials will present a program on advance directives on Oct. 12 at the Bradford Club at 32 Boylston St. Presented by Joy Lavelle, admissions coordinator at The Pavilion at BRMC, the program will outline how to express ...
State orders Ashland woman spoon-fed despite advanced directive
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials are requiring a nursing facility to spoon-feed a woman despite her advance directive asking that measures not be taken to prolong her life. The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2chTP4t) that former librarian Nora ...
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.
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.
Yellen on living will revisions: We are ready to use our authority
Fed Chair Janet Yellen answers questions on upcoming living will deadlines, while testifying to the House Financial Services Committee. Yellen on quantitative and qualitative stress tests
'Sims 4' Release Date, News & Update: Everything You Need To Know About 'City Living' Expansion Pack; New City, Festivals, Traits and Aspiration
Sign Up for GamenGuide's Newsletter and never miss out on our most popular stories. A new expansion for "The Sims 4" titled "City Living" will be released on Nov. 3. (Photo: Sergey Galyonkin via Flickr) "The Sims 4" has been revamped with two new traits ...
GIFFORD-JONES: It’s madness not to have a living will, legal or not
Never has there been a greater exodus of people escaping wars and poverty. And never before has there been a greater need for an updated living will, whether you live in Canada or the U.S. One that pulls no punches on how we wish to end our lives.
COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: New Rygiel site will be a community hub
In February, Rygiel Supports For Community Living will begin its 50th year of service. In 1967, our provincial association invited doctors Witold and Wanda Rygiel to Hamilton to help families who were caring for their child who had complex disabilities and ...
‘The Sims 4 City Living’ updates: Bizarre trash panda, food cart samosas coming to San Myshuno
"The Sims 4 City Living" expansion pack is set to add a diverse group of new characters and interesting new activities for Sims. Recently, Electronic Arts unveiled a list of cool things that players can find in the game's new world San Myshuno. A diverse ...
Circles for Jewish Living to host Rosh Hashanah event in Florence
FLORENCE — The Circles for Jewish Living will host its annual Rosh Hashanah ritual and reflection at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 1443 Westhampton Road. Those who attend will participate in Tashlich, which is the throwing of bread crumbs into the water to ...
'The Sims 4' News and Updates: New 'City Living' Expansion Pack Brings Apartment Traits and Neighbors to the Mix
Electronic Arts seems to have mastered the formula of a great life simulator game. With the third expansion pack for "The Sims 4", the publisher brings "City Living" into the hands of the player. The trailer clip for the expansion pack had just been ...
Facts About Green Living
Within the last decade there has been a push to be more environmental in people’s lives and to undergo a certain amount of green living. Green living can be highly rewarding to the environment and is a great way to not only help a person feel better ...
Editorial: Never too early to have living will
That's why anyone age 18 or older should designate a health agent and create an advanced directive or living will. "A health care agent is someone that could speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself," Leisa McDaniels, outpatient palliative ...
People living with disabilities vow not to vote for Zanu PF
PEOPLE living with disabilities have vowed not to vote for Zanu PF come 2018 after police disrupted their planned peaceful demonstration in Masvingo yesterday. Initially, the police had cleared the demonstration by the Disability Amalgamation Community ...
Make sure power of attorney is done right
Readers of this column know that we have long advocated for people to take care of their estate planning before something happens to them. Proper estate planning involves more than a will or a trust. It means deciding who you would want to make medical and ...
A new power of attorney law takes effect October 1
Dear Attorney Tully: My neighbor said that there is a new law that will take effect on Oct. 1, regarding power of attorney documents. In March of this year, my husband and I met with an attorney and did our power of attorney documents (along with our wills).
Walter Anderson Helps With Estate Planning Through Will, Power Of Attorney, Trust, Probate, And More
Walter Anderson, who runs a financial planning business in Norcross, GA, is proud to announce the launch of a brand new estate planning service. The service is an online comprehensive estate planning tool with authorized sharing of documents. Essentially ...
Nine booked for selling hotelier’s property on forged power of attorney
A property dealer, who is also trustee of a private chain of educational institutes, was booked for committing fraud with owners of Mohan International Hotel. The key accused has been identified as Jatinderbir Singh Bhullar alias Judge. The police has ...
Woman accused of taking money from deceased person's account
Karen Gagner, 70, had the power of attorney for a woman who died on March 17, 2012. After the woman's death, police say, Gagner continued to make monthly deposits from the woman's account to her own, according to court documents. Bank records show the ...
Talk to me about elder care & power of attorney in Seattle
Asking for my husband: Dad is dealing with a recent heart surgery, new bipolar diagnosis, heavy grief, and loss of his primary support. Who do I talk to and what do I ask them when it comes to power of attorney, and making sure his needs are taken care of?
Do You Really Want To Use That Power Of Attorney To Give Yourself Something?
In Georgia, an agent acting under a power of attorney can give himself the principal’s property at the principal’s direction. The Georgia Supreme Court reaffirmed that maxim in Anderson v. Anderson. There, less than a week before the principal’s ...
Your Legacy & Peace of Mind: Incapacity planning
With advance planning in place, however, conservatorships can often be avoided. A power of attorney can allow the principal’s agent to act over a wide variety of areas, including bank accounts (outside of a trust), government benefits, retirement plans ...
Bearing the Financial Burden of Alzheimer’s
One of the first things the Allens’ lawyer did was set up a health-care directive and a power of attorney designating Tom as the decision-maker for Julie’s medical and financial issues. “At some point I had to cancel Julie’s credit cards because ...
CORRECTION: Regarding convocation of the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the company
Persons authorized by shareholders shall provide a power of attorney, issued following the requirements of laws. Power of attorney granted by natural person must be approved by the notary public. Power of attorney issued in a foreign country must be ...
PartingWishes.com News Articles
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Consumer affairs TV show 'Market Place' attacks a product called the
Canadian Legal Will Kit, and questions the use of all Do-It-Yourself
Complete Strangers May Get a Share of Your
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,
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.