Ask An Attorney FAQ: Ex-pat Estate Planning: Five Things Non-US Citizens With Children Should Consider
As published in Alison's monthly Ask An Attorney column in New York Parentingby Alison Arden Besunder, Esq.  Q: My wife and I are not U.S. citizens, but I have been living in the U.S. for 15 years. One of our three children was born in Italy, but the other two were born here and... »
Brooklyn Exhibit Leaves Artist's Personal Possessions to Strangers
The Swedish Death Cleaning method of decluttering suggests starting by giving your possessions away to loved ones. Brooklyn artist Lisa Levy is taking the idea a step further in her exhibit "You Can Get My Stuff When I’m Dead." Levy, 61, will display her personal possessions and welcome the public to ask... »
When a Legacy is Not So Esprit: Esprit (Co)Founder's Daughter Goes Abroad to Challenge His Will
The heritage story of Esprit Co-Founder Douglas Tompkins is not yet completely written and might not be as picture perfect as Esprit’s “story” page suggests.  Doug Tompkins built the North Face and Esprit brands into multi-billion dollar empires. Doug divorced his co-founder Susie Russell some time back; he remarried and... »
Swedish Death Cleaning: A New Take on Decluttering
Swedish Death Cleaning. Sounds a little sinister, doesn't it? As it turns out, it's a long-term, practical approach to decluttering. In my article "The Quandary of Inherited Heirlooms," I discussed how the burden of disposing of parental possessions has the younger generation in a state of angst, and the older generation in a... »
The Quandary of Inherited Heirlooms: Start the Discussion Now
Back in our parents' days, picking out your set of good china was a foregone conclusion. Many of our generation took a pass, and millennials may not even own plates; forget the china. It's a struggle as aging people downsize to get rid of the things they hold as... »
A Clear Will Doesn't Always Avoid a Family Feud, But Communication Can
An organized estate plan is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your family--but just having it in order isn't enough. Communicating your intentions to your children, spouse, and other beneficiaries--OR to any of these parties that would expect to have a claim but you have chosen to... »
Making Sense of a Power of Attorney--What It Covers, What It Doesn't, And What You Need to Watch Out For
Q: My mother (now 77 years old) made me the primary agent under her power of attorney. It’s a ten-page document and very confusing.  What am I legally permitted and/or obligated to do?  What is my legal exposure if I act on her behalf? A: This is a question... »
90-Year-Old Woman "Hits the Road" for the Last Year of Her Life
Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's story went viral, so perhaps this is not the first time you've heard of her--the remarkable woman who told her doctor after receiving the news that she had uterine cancer, "I'm 90 years old, I'm hitting the road." Her Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma, gained more than... »
Why Waste Away? Margaritaville Retirement Homes Are Coming!
With the boomer population coming of (retirement) age, entrepreneurs have put some real thought into how they can capitalize off of this enormous slice of society that wields substantial financial power. One trend--more and more alternative living scenarios are emerging that make the retirement years more enjoyable, from activity-focused... »
Top 10 Considerations for Retirement: Sage Advice From Retirees To Millennials
Hindsight being 20/20 is not all that helpful, but you can glean insight from people whose eyesight hasn't been 20/20 for at least 20 years. The New York Times asked Journalism Students around the country to interview retirees and find out what tips they have for the millennial generation. It's probably no surprise that... »
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