Legal Wills Blog - July 31, 2014
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 31, 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.
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 ...
Reforming hukou will unify rights of migrants
Chinese migrant workers living in cities will gradually have full access to schools and hospitals where they work, a significant move to improve social equality between rural and urban residents.
Eviction of seniors from assisted living home on hold pending deal
by Chris Roberts he University Mound Ladies Home appears to be saved. Plans to close the assisting-living facility and convert its Portola District property into a private school – a move that would have seen several dozen seniors evicted – have been put on hold. Instead, assisted-living company AgeSong will take over the home and continue to operate it as a home for seniors under a deal that ...
More older Scots will live alone
The number of older people living alone in Scotland will increase over the next 25 years, according to the latest official projections.
2015 A New Era
The 2015 season promises to be the most exciting in living memory. The changes to the structure of the competitions will ensure that every minute, of every match, in every competition matters.
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 ...
Ascension Forms New National Senior Care Health Ministry
ST. LOUIS, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system, today announced the formation of Ascension Health Senior Care, uniting the majority of its senior-focused programs into one national organization. The senior services ministry will include independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, as well as PACE (Program of ...
Transit Super Stop planned for Robinson
It's a bus stop that will look like a living room.
Security shakeup causes concern for The Market Common residents
A big change is coming to The Market Common and it's one that some residents living there will have to get used to.
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.
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 ...
Tools for planning end of life care are varied, untested: study
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many tools exist to help introduce people to the subject of advanced care planning, but they vary widely in what they offer and how accessible they are, according to a new research review. “Decision aids” have proliferated in many areas of medicine but have yet to really take off in the area of advanced directives, though they have a lot of potential ...
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 ...
Doctors warn: Many decision aids & end-of-life planning tools haven’t been tested or vetted
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many tools exist to help introduce people to the subject of advanced care planning, but they vary widely in what they offer and how accessible...
Dubai to get Advance Passenger Information System
The system will be applied after the approval of the UAE’s Interior Ministry
BUSINESS EVENTS CALENDAR: July 27
Business events and meetings for the week of July 27.
Leading medics support assisted dying
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published an editorial insisting that terminally ill patients should be granted the right to end their lives.
Welcome to the Annual General Meeting of shareholders of Elekta AB (publ)
Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression
It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full ...
DEADLINE ALERT: Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. Reminds Shareholders Of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. Of Upcoming Deadline
Rigrodsky & Long, P.A.:
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 ...
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
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.
NFL under fire over two-game suspension for wife-basher Ray Rice
Roger Goodell needs help. He is so blinded by his own power he no longer sees clearly. The NFL commissioner needs professional intervention - similar to family and friends forming circles around those battling addiction - to tell him what he needs to hear instead of what he wants to.
INVESTOR ALERT: Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP Reminds Investors of the Lead Plaintiff Deadline in the Class Action ...
Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP reminds investors of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. that all purchasers of Ocean Power
Real Estate Corner Power of attorney won't protect a deal if the seller dies before closing
The seller of the home that we are purchasing is critically ill. His son has power of attorney, but there is no trust in place. What happens if the seller passes before we close escrow on our purchase?
Attorney-General seeks public input on anti-piracy law changes
Attorney-General George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull have opened a public consultation on changes to the enforcement of copyright law.
LegalWills.ca News Articles
PRESS RELEASE: LegalWills.co.uk Launches DIY Online Legal Will Service
The new, online service from Legalwills.co.uk allows individuals to prepare their will, in the
convenience of their own home, for a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer.
A Last Will and Testament - The Worst Excuses For Not Having One
What should every adult have, but nearly three quarters do not?
An up-to-date Last Will and Testament.
Most people do not have a legal Will because of these top 10 excuses.
PRESS RELEASE: A Legal Will Does not Last a Lifetime
Most Canadians do not have a legal Will, but of those that do, most are not kept current.
The process of maintaining one's Will is extremely important, but with a lawyer it can be
inconvenient and expensive. A new online service by LegalWills.ca allows people to
maintain their legal Will conveniently and cost effectively.
Where There's A Will...
The one thing in life that is guaranteed is death, and
it is never too early to start thinking about your last wishes.
Death and dying-it's something that many people avoid talking about. But
refusing to talk about it and make your end of life decisions can cause
you--and your family--more grief and money than you may know.
Everybody's going to die, so we all need 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