Legal Wills Blog - May 22, 2013
5 good reasons to write your own Will rather than see a lawyer
I need to preface this article by clarifying what I mean by writing your own Will. I do not mean sitting down with a blank piece of paper, and I do not mean using a blank form kit that you may buy from a bookstore. Either of these approaches is an absolutely terrible idea. No, […]
“How come your Wills are so cheap?”
This is one of the most common questions we are asked; “how is it that if I go to a professional Will writer – a solicitor or lawyer, they will charge me 20 times your price?”. How do we make your service so affordable? I think the most important factor is our sense of value […]
Bleak House and your Last Will and Testament
I was recently reminded of the Charles Dickens novel Bleak House, which centres around the court case Jarndyce and Jarndyce. For those of you unfamiliar with the story; it tells of a legal battle over a large inheritance which is dragged on through the court system. In fact, it continues for generations until the case is […]
My Life Locker
I read a great article last week entitled “10 minute guide to estate planning“. The article starts by framing the problem; everybody knows that they should have their estate planning in place, but only 44% had done anything about it, but then the article strips away the complexities and conveys three simple messages; Get life […]
Why your next Will probably won’t be your Last Will
It is a mystery why most adults do not prepare their Will. We all know it is an essential document; it describes how the estate should be distributed, it makes somebody responsible to carrying out the directions (the Executor), it may name guardians for children, and set up trusts for minor children. Most importantly it […]
The difficulties facing an estate administrator
We have written posts in the past about the importance of choosing the right person as Executor of your estate, and discussed the responsibilities that come with this position. There are two specific challenges that face an estate administrator that are constantly brought to our attention at LegalWills. The first is locating the Will. Almost […]
Understanding Digital Death: Steps to Protect Yourself Online (Guest Post)
The following is a guest post from Will Eve of finder.com.au There’s a growing awareness about the downside of living a life so intertwined with computers. First there was the the personal computer, an instrument that made work easier for so many occupations, but we did get up and walk away from it when our work was […]
Things can go wrong
Many people have a strange notion that the best time to write their Last Will and Testament is just before they die, and that preparing the document today is unnecessary. We’ve even had people on our Facebook page say that “fortunately, I don’t need a Will yet”. We made reference to this in an earlier […]
You don’t need much to leave a lasting legacy
We often hear people say that they don’t have a Will because they don’t have much to leave. In a previous article we explained how this excuse is a poor one, as a Will isn’t supposed to come into effect the day it is written, but at some point, hopefully in the distant future. Put […]
Some quick tips ahead of preparing your Will
We thought it would be useful to give a few tips for anybody contemplating using one of the services offered at LegalWills. We tell people that you can create a Will in around 20 minutes, but there are a few simple things that you can do to make the process smoother. 1. Don’t be intimidated. […]
News Headlines - May 22, 2013
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.
Sunrise Senior Living Opens Doors For Third Annual Tour Of Homes
MCLEAN, Va., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunrise Senior Living, LLC , today announced its third annual Tour of Homes , an open house event that will occur in its nearly 300 communities in the U.S. and ...
Pain Free Living Announced It will be at Bishop Mule Days
Superior Magnetics for Pain Free Living announces it will have magnetic bracelets for pain relief at Bishop Mule Days May 22-26. (PRWeb May 21, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/magnetic/bracelets/prweb10749240.htm
Oakmont Senior Living will replace vacant store in San Antonio Heights
SAN ANTONIO HEIGHTS -- Seniors looking to retire to a calm and quiet neighborhood with views of the valley will soon be able to do so in San Antonio Heights.
Senior living facility to start building in Shelton
Benchmark Senior Living community will break ground at its new location, 708A Bridgeport Avenue on Tuesday.
Living young at Derby Dinner
Living it up in Derby Dinner Playhouse's production of You're Only Twice, which begins tomorrow. You're only as old as you feel, as a father, his daughter, and son-in-law will find out in You're Only Young Twice, which opens at Derby Dinner Playhouse tomorrow.
Living wage won't rob ratepayer
The city councillor who mooted the idea of a Living Wage in Hamilton is defending criticism the scheme robs the ratepayer.
Capital Senior Living Corporation to Present at the Deutsche Bank 38th Annual Health Care Conference on Thursday, May ...
Capital Senior Living Corporation , one of the country’s largest operators of senior living communities, today announced that management will make a presentation regarding the Company at the Deutsche Bank 38th Annual Health Care Conference at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA on Thursday, May 30, 2013, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Lowest paid need living wage most of all
The Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota has congratulated Hamilton City Councillors who have voted today to bring in a living wage over the next two years, but asked them to include the lowest paid in their workforce.
4 falcon chicks living on NY-NJ bridge are banded
NEW YORK (AP) — Four peregrine falcon chicks roosting high above the Hudson River on the George Washington Bridge were pronounced healthy Tuesday and fitted with tracking bands to help biologists keep tabs on them.
Microsoft makes a play for the living room with Xbox One
Microsoft is making a big play for the living room with a new Xbox console that marries games with live TV, Internet browsing, music and Skype. The Xbox One could considerably expand Microsoft's presence in consumer electronics but is expected to compete with Internet TV devices from companies such as Intel, interactive set-top boxes from cable TV companies, and Sony's PlayStation 4. There's ...
Advance Directives Manage End of Life Care Issues and Reduce End of Life Medical Costs
A new article available online in the American Journal of Public Health by two Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty makes a compelling case that end-of-life care issues need to become an integral part of the public health agenda. Dan Morhaim, MD, and Keshia Pollack, PhD, point out that the low rate of completion of advance directives in the minority population can be ...
Pro bono attorneys serve senior citizens with creation of advance directives
Pro bono attorneys and volunteer paralegals gathered on a recent Saturday morning at Centennial Tower, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development residential facility, to serve senior citizens by creating needed advance directives documents.
N.H. Roll Call
Recent legislative action:
Too Few People Have End-of-Life Directives
Too few people have advance end-of-life directives, and the lack is especially apparent in the minority population, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins.
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Value judgments - Tue, 23 Apr 2013 PST
At 26, Cara Hernandez has her untimely death about as well-planned as it can be. It’s all in her advance directive, instructions for family and doctors to follow if an accident or some other catastrophe leaves her in dire condition and unable to make her wishes known.
Patients advised: Express treatment wishes in advance
CHICAGO, April 28 (UPI) -- Advanced directives -- documents that spell out the kind of healthcare one wants -- are free and easy to complete, but many put it off, U.S. researchers say.
End-of-life care issues need to become integral part of public health agenda, reveals new article
A new article available online in the American Journal of Public Health by two Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty makes a compelling case that end-of-life care issues need to become an integral part of the public health agenda.
Gov invests $10m in another eHealth initiative
The Federal Government will invest $10 million in an eHealth initiative which will enable people to provide information on the health care they wish to receive at the end of their life.
Column: A Distinction in N.H. That Could Prove Vital
Both my parents were stricken with polio years before I was born. My father spent some time during the course of the disease in an iron lung to help him breathe. My mother, terrified that if she entered an iron lung she might never come out, refused that mechanical aid and toughed it out.
Power of Moore tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb
Everything had to come together just perfectly to create the killer tornado in Moore, Okla.: wind speed, moisture in the air, temperature and timing. And when they did, the awesome energy released over that city dwarfed the...
Attorney weighs in on council agenda control
A Roseville attorney has determined that very little legal authority exists to satisfy completely the tug-a-war over the Willows City Council agenda. However, Robert Hunt, of Hunt and Jeppson, said that existing state law ultimately grants authority...
SWEPCO: Storms leave 20,000 without power in ArkLaTex
Storms sweeping through the ArkLaTex Tuesday evening knocked out power to nearly 20,000 SWEPCO customers.
Guatemala trial of Rios Montt has likely collapsed: lawyers
By Mike McDonald GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - The trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt has likely collapsed after the country's top court struck down his conviction for genocide, defense and prosecution lawyers said on Tuesday. Rios Montt was sentenced on May 10 to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity, a conviction hailed as a landmark for justice in the ...
Attorney General orders probe into US tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he has ordered a Justice Department investigation into the U.S. tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny. The announcement at a news conference takes the matter beyond the numerous congressional committees already investigating the Internal Revenue Service for singling out conservative tea party and Read the Rest ...
Guatemala full of questions after genocide conviction annulled
It's unclear what kind of retrial former dictator Efrain Rios Montt will face, or whether the nation's power brokers played any role in the high court ruling. MEXICO CITY — The Guatemalan high court's decision to annul the genocide conviction of former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt on Tuesday revived questions about his responsibility for the slaughter of some 1,700 ethnic Maya people.
Miramar to search for new city attorney, on top of city manager search
A new city attorney means Miramar could see its third major leadership change in less than six months.
N.C. adds Charlotte-area power plant to coal ash lawsuit
State regulators under pressure from environmental groups added Duke Energy’s Riverbend power plant, perched above Charlotte’s water supply, to a lawsuit over coal ash pollution.
Transfer of immoveable property via power of attorney sales: an analysis
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Supreme Court to rule on attorney generals use of private counsel
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Supreme Court soon will decide whether the Attorney Generals Office is allowed to hire outside attorneys to help litigate cases. The decision follows a lengthy legal battle stemming from consumer protection disputes bet...
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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.
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.
Promoting Advance Directives
Society has paid a price for not recognizing the value of advance
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
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
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?
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.
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.
Florida Supreme Court Decision 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
Get Cracking On Will
People, in general, are often hesitant to prepare wills. There's a
number of reasons for this.
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
Member wins Six Feet Under DVD set during "Make A Will Month"
LegalWills.ca ran a "Six Feet Under" contest. This contest was to
promote the October "Make A Will Month".
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. Online Legal Will Creation Service is now
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.
Canadian Online Legal Will Creation Service is now Available
Who will care for your children? Who inherits your house, your money, or
your prized baseball card collection? At LegalWills.ca we have
removed the obstacles to writing a Will. It is convenient, low cost, and
PRESS RELEASE: LegalWills.ca Launches Unique Internet
Estate Planning Services
LegalWills.ca 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
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
Same-sex Partners Should Each Write a Legal Will
News articles highlight the importance of writing a will in same-sex
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
LegalWills.ca 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
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