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Aaron Thomas from Baby Talk 360 talks with LegalWills.ca CEO Tim Hewson about making sure you have a Will after you have kids... some great info on WHY you should have one:


Migration of our blog
After 5 years and over a hundred articles, we have decided to migrate our blog to the websites that offer our services. Each of our location specific websites will now be hosting its own blog – no more articles will appear here. You can follow our new blogs at https://www.legalwills.ca/blog/ https://www.uslegalwills.com/blog/ https://www.legalwills.co.uk/blog/ https://www.expatlegalwills.com/blog/ Thanks for […]

Why people still don’t understand digital assets
I read a recent article describing digital assets. The article described the need to create a plan for bequeathing one’s online presence to loved ones and talked about the need to wrap up old Facebook, Twitter and social media accounts by including these “digital assets” in one’s Last Will and Testament. It’s not just social […]

Don’t let other people’s mistakes put you off preparing your own Will.
Every once in a while there is an unfortunate case of somebody making a mistake when attempting to prepare their own Will. A recent case in Florida has been reported, quite literally, thousands of times through different law blogs as a “cautionary tale” of how things can go badly wrong when you try to prepare […]

The trouble with lawyers
The legal boys have won again And you and I have lost They can’t tell us how it happened But they’ll let us know the cost Elton John – Legal Boys When our Last Will and Testament service is complimented for its convenience and affordability I feel a sense of pride, but I have to […]

The cost of a Will – enter Walmart
In previous articles we have discussed the cost of a Will. How is it that we charge $34.95 or £24.95 when the exact same document created by a lawyer will cost anything up to $800 or £500? There are a variety of reasons for this; our costs are kept down because you are effectively writing […]

The scourge of the online Will kit
Here’s the problem; everybody needs a Will, but lawyers are too expensive and inconvenient. As a result 65 percent of people don’t have a Will. To address this issue, countless “downloadable Will forms” proliferate across the internet. People use these forms and their loved ones end up with a mountain of trouble. Let’s explore the […]

Documenting your assets; online or paper?
The single most challenging job for an Executor of a Last Will and Testament is to gather up the estate. The estate is made up of land or buildings, financial accounts and policies, “chattels” (stuff that you own), and now, increasingly online accounts. If the list of assets is not written down or stored anywhere it […]

Keeping up to date with Estate Planning laws
This week in Canada, the Province of British Columbia enacted new laws for the preparation of Wills. The changes were described by some as “sweeping” and the “most significant update in the law for decades”. In reality though, there were only two meaningful changes for service providers like us. Firstly, it lowered the eligible age for preparing […]

Why common-law marriage is a myth
Often times we end up writing articles that try and explain the kind of mess you can get into if you don’t have a Will. So often, the complexities of the law can be avoided completely if you write a Last Will and Testament. Common-law marriage is a case in point. According to some statistics, […]

You may not need legal advice to write a Will
I received an interesting comment from somebody recently; “I learned of a woman who did a Will through this process but was not advised about how to care for her disabled child when she passed. No Hensen trust was set up for the child. In my personal and professional experience, a person should receive legal advice […]


News Headlines - September 22, 2014

Reduce Estate Tax By Making Gifts
You can do a lot to minimize your estate taxes before you die. One way is to make some gifts.

Nightmare On Elm Street
Declining home prices and higher adjustable rate mortgage payments spell big trouble for some borrowers.

Choosing The Right Financial Adviser
Like hiring a personal trainer, finding the right financial adviser can help whip your finances into shape.

Pay Death To Go Away
Five ways to turn your wealth into health.

Insuring The Future
Newlyweds need protection now more than ever.

Taxes: Estate Planning
You can't take it with you, but you don't have to give it all to the government either.

Estate Planning
Here are ten things you need to know about estate planning.

Estate Planning In The Digital Age
If you died, could anyone access your online accounts? Here's how to protect and pass on your digital assets.

You're Dead, Now What?
An estate plan will help your loved ones avoid delays, legal problems and uncertainty.

Grandma's Got A Boyfriend, Now What?
The older you are, the more complicated your finances, especially if you're combining households.

Wellness Kicks off Fall Season with a New Name
Next month, Veria Living , the world’s largest health and wellness television network, will be changing its name to Z Living . While the network’s f

/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Public Invitation to Ottawa's First Living Well Cancer Care & Prevention Show on ...
Living Well Show will showcase new ways to invest in health and well-being OTTAWA , Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Living Well Cancer Care and Prevention Show will be the first time the cancer care community ...

Kobach to add disclaimer to Kansas Senate ballots
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots are mailed to them Saturday.

Victory Living Programs Hosts "Queen Witch for the Day" Luncheon to Support Individuals with Disabilities
LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ladies far and wide are invited to join in a "wicked" fabulous celebration that will culminate in crowning the "2014 Queen Witch for the Day." This Halloween-themed luncheon that promises to offer lots of laughter and love will raise funds for Victory Living Programs, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with disabilities live a more ...

Media Advisory - Public Invitation to Ottawa's First Living Well Cancer Care & Prevention Show on Sunday, September 21st
Living Well Show will showcase new ways to invest in health and well-being OTTAWA , Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Living Well Cancer Care and Prevention Show will be the first time the cancer care community ...

Yes or No? A Voter's Guide to Scottish Independence
Today marks a potential, but unlikely, new chapter in Scotland's history. People 16 years of age and older living in Scotland will decide whether the north should go it alone or continue 300 years of somewhat happy unity. Given the demographics of The Wire's readership, there's approximately a 98 percent chance that you're not eligible to vote in today's big referendum.

On the fridge
The Kayangel Club of Guam is extending an invitation to former Kayangel residents and their children living on Guam. The club is organizing a meeting with a group of Kayangel State government representatives who will be on Guam this weekend.

Northeast Kansas happenings
THRESHING AND MORE - The 36th annual Fall Festival and Swap Meet will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association, 8275 K-4 highway in Meriden.

Community Calendar
>> Wessels Living History Farm will hold its two day Tractor, Engine and Auto Show on Saturday, Sept. 20 - 21. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday with tractor games, demonstrations and the ever popular parade of power, all a part each day’s line-up.

Benchmark Senior Living Aligns With Redilearning to Take Staff Engagement, Education and Communication to a New Level
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Benchmark Senior Living, the leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, today unveiled a partnership with Redilearning to take staff professional development in Benchmark ...

Nurses need education on advance health care directives, reports Journal of Christian Nursing
( Wolters Kluwer Health ) An educational program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to advance health care directives -- thus helping to ensure that patients' wishes for care at the end of life are known and respected, reports a paper in the October/December Journal of Christian Nursing, official journal of the Nurses Christian Fellowship. The journal is published by Lippincott ...

Training program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to AHCDs, end-of-life care
An educational program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to advance health care directives (AHCDs)-thus helping to ensure that patients' wishes for care at the end of life are known and respected, reports a paper in the October/December Journal of Christian Nursing, official journal of the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Nurses need education on advance health care directives
An educational program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to advance health care directives -- thus helping to ensure that patients' wishes for care at the end of life are known and respected, report researchers.

Australians left vulnerable without advanced care planning
Few Australians are organising advanced directives to ensure they do not receive unwanted medical care, a ground-breaking survey has found.

Editorial: End-of-life debate
End-of-life choices are a topic swirling in political controversy.

Editorial: End-of-life prep not just for elderly
Determining a patient’s wishes for end-of-life care is one of the most challenging issues in medicine. Too few people discuss or complete advance directives while they still have the mental and physical capacity to do so. Then, if illness strikes, medical staffs and loved ones are forced to make crucial decisions for patients, without their guidance.

Edward Hospital to hold panel on advance directives
NAPERVILLE – Edward Hospital will present a free panel titled “Living Responsibly, Dying with Dignity” about advance directives and end-of-life issues from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Edward Education Center Auditorium at Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington St., according to a hospital news release.

Edward Hospital to present talk on end-of-life issues
Edward Hospital will present “Living Responsibly, Dying with Dignity,” a free panel presentation about advance directives and end-of-life issues, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Edward Education Center auditorium at Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville.

Alzheimer's Patients Can Craft Care Plans
Advance-planning documents allow seniors facing dementia to spell out their wishes for end-of-life care.

COMS Interactive Acquires Directed Medical Systems
CLEVELAND, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  COMS Interactive (also known as Clinical Outcomes Management Systems or COMS), has extended the company's post-acute care offerings with the acquisition of Directed ...

In Your Court: A brief explanation of Power of Attorney for health care
The Power of Attorney for Health Care (hereafter “Power of Attorney”) is a document that provides an individual with a method to control his or her personal care and medical treatment in the event that he or she becomes disabled, even if such control is used for the declination of medical treatment that would result in the individual’s death.

Why did HSBC ignore our power of attorney?
A couple, who have power of attorney for a family friend, were dismayed to find HSBC ignoring their requests for all of her financial affairs to be directed to them

Mom: Son who has power of attorney took more than 800G from me
She lives in a total-care community, and that’s most of her reserve money.

Our legacy continues
A divided appeals court Wednesday upheld the power of Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a Northeast Florida judge, rejecting arguments that voters should fill the seat in November.

Man accused of stealing aging aunt's life savings
A 50-year-old Massachusetts man appeared in New London Superior Court Wednesday on charges he embezzled more than $350,000 from his elderly aunt after convincing her to give him power of attorney over her affairs.

Updated Tip Sheet from Mesothelioma Victims Center Details Best Attorneys, Treatment Options and Must Do's for ...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mesothelioma Victims Center is now offering a completely revamped report of must do's for a recently diagnosed victim of mesothelioma that includes instant access to the nation's most skilled mesothelioma compensation attorneys, specific research for the best possible treatment options, and a list of essentials such as establishing a will, power of ...

Appeals court says governor can appoint replacement for retiring Judge Donald Moran
A divided appeals court upheld the power of Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a replacement for Donald Moran, chief judge of the 4th Circuit, who is retiring in January.

Contempt case reopened against Perry prosecutor
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The special prosecutor who secured two felony abuse of power indictments against Gov. Rick Perry is facing his own legal problems after a decision by Texas' highest criminal court to renew a contempt of court case against him. In it, one of McCrum's clients was convicted of manslaughter for driving his car the wrong-way down an interstate with a blood-alcohol level three ...

Julian Gray and Frank Petrich’s Elder Law: New power of attorney law reminds us to check our estate plans
We often tell clients that no matter how elaborate one’s estate plan, the power of attorney is probably the most powerful document you will sign. It’s like a loaded gun; it can be used for good (yours) or evil (against you).

EVERYDAY LAW: Care and living wills
In today’s article, I continue to discuss issues relating to the elderly in response to a letter received last week. That letter reads in part: “I read with interest your September 3 article Elderly And The Power Of Attorney, which discussed the local situation where powers of attorney for legal and financial transactions are not durable when the donor loses mental capacity. I have an interest ...

 

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PRESS RELEASE: LegalWills.co.uk Launches DIY Online Legal Will Service
The new, online service from Legalwills.co.uk allows individuals to prepare their will, in the convenience of their own home, for a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer.

A Last Will and Testament - The Worst Excuses For Not Having One
What should every adult have, but nearly three quarters do not? An up-to-date Last Will and Testament. Most people do not have a legal Will because of these top 10 excuses.

PRESS RELEASE: A Legal Will Does not Last a Lifetime
Most Canadians do not have a legal Will, but of those that do, most are not kept current. The process of maintaining one's Will is extremely important, but with a lawyer it can be inconvenient and expensive. A new online service by LegalWills.ca allows people to maintain their legal Will conveniently and cost effectively.

Where There's A Will...
The one thing in life that is guaranteed is death, and it is never too early to start thinking about your last wishes.

Living Wills
Death and dying-it's something that many people avoid talking about. But refusing to talk about it and make your end of life decisions can cause you--and your family--more grief and money than you may know.

Everybody's going to die, so we all need Wills
It may not be a pleasant thought to think about, but it happens. Everyone will die, and not all of us will die peacefully on our deathbed. It is vital that everyone, including teens, have a will.

Poll: More planning ahead for death, living wills
People are more likely these days to plan for their own death or talk to close relatives about the subject that many have long been inclined to avoid, a poll found.

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.

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.

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 Attorney.

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 some beating.

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 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.

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 simple.

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 multimedia messages.

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.

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 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.

 

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