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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 - September 1, 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.

Health Briefs: Walk to End Alzheimer's at Casey's Pond on Saturday
Casey’s Pond Senior Living is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association at 10 a.m. Saturday. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with this disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with ...

Banks' Living Wills No More Includes Discount Lending Window
The news that the Fed's discount lending window (that offers reliable source of funding to banks in case of liquidity crunch) can no more be a part of their 'Living Will' assumptions, came as a blow to ...

The Plan to Expand Mesa Court
The Mesa Court housing community will grow as a new structure will be built in the coming year to provide more housing and community facilities for freshmen living in Mesa. Plans are set to break ground this summer for the new buildings which will replace the area currently occupied by Mesa Commons and the Mesa […]

Can Real Madrid end Liverpool jinx?
Real Madrid, the kings of Europe, will take on a team living one of the greatest fairytale stories in Bulgarian football history.

5 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
TOMAHAWK - People living in the Tomahawk area will need to find another library for a while.

Who wants the President dead?
In Yorubaland, there is this belief (whether erroneous or real) that when the news of the death of a living person is being disseminated, it is an indication that such individual will live long. If this belief is real, President Goodluck Jonathan and his family need not entertain any fear because he will not die...  [Read More...]

Southfield mayor to honor 6 centenarians
Southfield — The mayor of Southfield will honor six people from 101-106 years old in a ceremony at a Southfield senior living community.

ASK THE DOCTOR: Why was my mum's 'living will' ignored?
A living will is a form patients can use to indicate whether they're willing to have various medical treatments.

Cost of living got you down?
YOU can be on $40,000 a year or you can be on $250,000 but you’re probably still feeling the pressure of cost of living. Take part in news.com.au’s survey.

Living-will workshop set for Aug. 27
Helena Place Senior Living will host two workshops Aug. 27 on how to create a living will that conveys medical and personal wishes to family.

Pro bono spotlight: Advance directives created for seniors
On July 26, pro bono attorneys and paralegals gathered at Riverside Park Apartments to create and execute advance directives documents for area seniors.

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

Hebew SeniorLife researcher receives $4.5 million grant to test videos for advance directives
( Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research ) A new NIH-funded project will assess whether videos can help nursing home residents, family members and staff have the difficult but important conversations about advanced directives for care.

Opinion: Planning for loss of mental capacity should be as automatic as making a will
Making an advanced healthcare directive is good sense – serious illness, brain injury, accident or stroke could render any one of us incapacitated.

Choose-Day Tuesday seminar to be held
ASHEBORO — Making choices about preferences for end-of-life care can be difficult, but advance care planning can be one of the greatest gifts to give a loved ones. The options can be confusing and fortunately there is somewhere to go for answers to questions including: What are Advance Directives? What is a DNR order and what are Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)? What are the ...

Pro bono spotlight: Estate Planning Intake Night begins second year
In September, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, in collaboration with Three Rivers Legal Services, started Estate Planning Intake Night on the second Tuesday evening of each month.

Discussing end-of-life plans
A ‘Converation Project Kit’ can prove to be a beneficial way to begin a conversation with family and friends about end-of-life wishes, planning a will and advance directives for health care.

ACLU says WSU medical clinic will be limited by Catholic teachings - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 PST
The participation of Providence Health Care in a clinic planned for Washington State University Spokane’s campus could prevent patients from obtaining birth control or other reproductive services, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Monday Medical: Is someone you know dying?
Is someone you know dying? Gotcha! It’s a trick question: We all are dying. To get more information to prepare your advance medical directive, call Yampa Valley Medical Center Case Management Department or your attorney, visit the public library or access these helpful websites: • www.yvmc.org • www.abanet.org/aging • www.theconversationproject.org • www.agingwithdignity.org We may not ...

Doctors must swot up on end-of-life laws: research
Australian patients are at risk of being killed or saved when they don’t want to be by doctors who do not understand laws regarding withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment, new research suggests.

Power of Attorney Can Have Its Own Complications
Banks tend to take a defensive view of people with power of attorney for fear of litigation. Any discrepancy will gum up the works.

Perry disavows tweet mocking district attorney at center of indictment controversy
AUSTIN, Texas – A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Democratic district attorney who is at the center of his criminal indictment on charges of abuse of power.

Three Powers of Attorney Everyone Needs
The words “power of attorney” can sound like something from a movie or TV show: the villain tricks an innocent, unsuspecting person into giving away their legal rights… until, of course, the hero steps in at the last moment to save the day.

Rick Perry's legal trouble: The line between influence and coercion
Perry has been pushing back hard against allegations he misused the power of his office.

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).

Costs of coal power plant proposal challenged
The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according ...

Texas' Perry says disparaging tweet unauthorized
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Democratic district attorney who is at the center of his criminal indictment on charges of abuse of power. The tweet was later deleted, followed by another from Perry's account that disavowed the post.

Power of attorney: HC sets aside IGR circular
However, the Judge appreciated the IGR for taking steps to prevent fraudulent registration of documents

Afghanistan bars NYT reporter from leaving country
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's attorney general has barred a New York Times correspondent from leaving the country because of a story in which he reported that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won the recent presidential election, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Texas Governor Indicted On Abuse Of Power Charges
A grand jury in Austin has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges that he misused his veto power. Scott Simon talks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

 

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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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