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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:


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 […]

The funnel to a successful estate plan
It’s an unfortunate reality that very few people end up with a perfectly executed estate plan. In an ideal world we would see every person’s assets being passed to the next generation in a way that represents their wishes, in reality there are a number of key steps to this process and consequently too many […]


News Headlines - July 29, 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.

Code of Support Foundation, Green Living Technologies International and the Home Depot to Create the First "Living ...
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Code of Support Foundation (COSF), Green Living Technologies International (GLTI) and The Home Depot announced the creation of a "Living Wall of Honor" for post 9/11 Military Veterans. The unprecedented service project is a call to action that will be launched on COSF's annual Spirit of '45 Day event at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at the World War ...

Living to 100? BMO Report Outlines What You Need To Know
The BMO Wealth Institute will be releasing a new report on Wednesday, which examines the views of Canadians on various aspects of aging. The report, Living to 100: The four keys to longevity, outlines ...

Transit Super Stop planned for Robinson
It's a bus stop that will look like a living room.

Center celebrating anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act passage at party
The Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living will throw a birthday party of sorts on Monday for the Americans with Disabilities Act -- and it's marking the occasion with a big gift for its clients.

The Business of Nutrition: 'Nudging' Us Towards Healthy Living
When it comes to healthy living, changing age-old habits is not always easy. Today in Canada, one in four children is overweight or obese, and less than 7% of children are physically active each day.

Voting in Turkey's presidential election begins at borders
Turkish nationals living abroad began casting their ballots on Saturday at border customs offices, launching the voting cycle in the country's first direct presidential election. Election officials set up 42 polling stations at land crossings, airports and sea harbors that will remain open for arriving Turks until Aug. 10, the date that voters living in Turkey will go to the polls for a first ...

5G in London by 2020, pledges Johnson
People living in London will be able to download films to their mobile phones in less than a second by 2020, Boris Johnson claims

Key victory for campaigners as Cambridge University agrees to pay 'living wage'
The campaign for the ‘living wage’ has received a major boost after Cambridge University signed up. More than 100 employees will get a rise to at least the current rate of £7.65 an hour from Friday.

Stand-up amputee basketball players to show children of Capital BlueCross employees anything is possible
HARRISBURG, Pa., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Living healthy while having fun is a key message professional athletes will share with more than 120 children, whose parents work at Capital BlueCross, during a special "Health and Wellness University" program from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the company's headquarters in Harrisburg. Capital BlueCross began hosting Health and ...

Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM Feature On 18 September, the people living in Scotland will vote in a referendum to decide if we should to slice the top off Great Britain and create a separate country. If that happens, and once the locals sober up, Scotland could be a country with universal broadband, a publicly owned postal service and mobile coverage which would be ...

UF Health Engages Patients on Advance Directives
UF Health Shands Hospital is empowering their patients to understand the importance of Advance Directives and the reasons for having them in place. Through the use of Emmi Solutions' personalized and interactive ...

Advanced directives topic of Hospice of Marshall County at coming lunch
It is estimated that fewer than 25 percent of all Americans have completed advance directives that tell their family and physician what their wishes are should they face a life-limiting illness.

Social Services at Susquehanna Health Help Patients Plan Ahead for Life’s Final Chapters
Recent family conflict in the final weeks of radio legend Casey Kasem’s life ended his story with dissonance. Manager of Care Transitions and Social Services Stacy Knipe, LSW, believes such conflict can be reduced and harmony achieved when patients plan the final chapters of life early and speak openly with family members about their healthcare wishes. (PRWeb July 02, 2014) Read the full story ...

End-of-life choices topic of presentation in Sheridan
SHERIDAN — A community conversation on advance directives will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Sheridan.

Dubai Advance Passenger System to make check-in a breeze
The system will be applied after the approval of the UAE’s Interior Ministry The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) has announced that it will implement the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) by the end of this year or early next year pending the final approval of the UAE Interior Ministry. Providing details about the APIS, Maj Gen Obaid ...

Tennessee teacher evaluation proposals considered
NASHVILLE — Teachers who consistently score highly on annual state-mandated teacher evaluations may be able to bypass training requirements to advance or to renew licenses under a new policy to be considered by the State Board of Education today.

Tennessee board to consider teacher evaluation proposals
NASHVILLE — Teachers who consistently score highly on annual state-mandated teacher evaluations may be able to bypass training requirements to advance or to renew licenses under a new policy to be considered by the State Board of Education on Monday. The Tennessean reports the board is also scheduled to take up a new teacher licensure policy that would satisfy directives given by the Tennessee ...

Dubai to get Advance Passenger Information System
The system will be applied after the approval of the UAE’s Interior Ministry

Board to consider teacher evaluation proposals
Teachers who consistently score highly on annual state-mandated teacher evaluations may be able to bypass training requirements to advance or to renew licenses under a new policy.

BUSINESS EVENTS CALENDAR: July 27
Business events and meetings for the week of July 27.

Power of Attorney: Must Know Facts
Power of attorney, in very simple terms, is a legal permission that allows one person (the agent) to sign documents on behalf of another (the principal). Power of attorney, implies that the legally appointed ...

Attorney: Second Suspect Sexually Assaulted Carjacking Victim While At Wheel
Defense Attorney Christopher Warren says of his client, "He is cooperating. He is trying to do everything in his power to erase the image of those poor children going over the hood of that car.”

PASSAGES: INTERNET ENGAGES THEIR BUSY LIVES
Oh, the power of the Internet!

SB County Supervisors to Clarify Measure P Intent
Santa Barbara County Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino, using his power as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, has called a special meeting of his fellow supervisors and county staff in the middle of the traditional summer recess to address what he says is a major legal concern for the county.

Power of attorney: how flawed system cost one family £30,000
Rules granting other people control over your money when you are elderly or infirm are open to abuse. We highlight one sobering case

Notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting of East Capital Explorer AB (publ)
The shareholders of East Capital Explorer AB (publ), 556693-7404 (the " Company "), are hereby given notice to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting (" EGM ") to be held on Tuesday ...

Have You Got The Power … of Attorney, That Is?
I talked to Nicholas Reister, a lawyer and counselor specializing in estate planning with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge in Grand Rapids, Mich. He shared everything you need to know about this important legal document. When asked to describe a power of attorney – we’ll refer to them as POAs – Reister offers this definition. Let me rephrase: a POA is a blank check. With very few limitations, such as ...

Ousted Thai PM faces power-abuse allegation
Bangkok, July 28 (IANS) Thailand's Election Commission (EC) is accusing former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra of abusing power by using public funds to campaign for elections, local media reported Monday. EC investigators have alleged that Yingluck, along with eight other former cabinet ministers and national police chief, violated the already-abrogated 2007 constitution by making trips ...

Police Log for July 28
Hanover July 25 7:24 a.m. No injuries were reported and towing was required following an accident at Broadway and Stock Street.

Myths about NRI home loans
There are a number of Indians who have settled abroad for better career opportunities. For them, a property back home usually gives a sense of attachment and security, which is a prime reason for investment in real estate here by NRIs.

 

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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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