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... »
Nonagenarians Report Higher Levels of Contentment Than Young People
A few years ago, New York Times journalist John Leland started following the lives of six New Yorkers over 85 years old. Our blog followers may remember our 2015 article A Snapshot of NYC's Oldest Old, One of NYC's Largest, and Most Ignored, Demographics. It talked about the common challenges this older community... »
Jolabokaflod: The Icelandic Tradition of Holiday Book Giving
I don't know about you, but lying under a cozy blanket with a good book and some hot chocolate sounds like the perfect holiday gift--and one that almost every person in Iceland is going to enjoy this Christmas Eve. Each November, The Iceland Publishers Association distributes the Bokatidindi--a catalog... »
Dying at Home--a Dream or a Nightmare?
At-home deaths are an increasing trend, up almost 30% since 2000. One quarter of Americans now die at home, which at first blush sounds positive. It's surrounded by ideas of comfort, family, and familiar surroundings. Unfortunately, this spike in at-home deaths is not driven by idyllic reasons. It comes down to money.... »
Once Coveted Japanese Apartment Buildings Now Homes to Lonely Deaths
In the 1960s, families were lining up to live in danchi--huge government-built public housing that introduced the concept of communities focused on the nuclear family rather than traditional multi-generational homes. 50 years ago, tenants had to prove income of 5.5x their rent, and still may have been rejected due to overwhelming demand.... »
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... »
Jehovah's Witness Towers Building to Become Senior Living
Over the past 40 years, the stately 21 Clark Street, also known as Towers, served as residences for roughly 1,000 Jehovah's Witnesses. Now, the Brooklyn Heights landmark will become senior living, which should be a relatively simple conversion as the former hotel-turned apartment building has been immaculately maintained. Originally built in... »
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... »
Does Death Get Less Scary As It Gets Closer?
The fear of death is both rational and reasonable--and sometimes even extreme. Death anxiety is an actual psychological condition. But a study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill--interestingly spurred by the last words of death row inmates--discovered that the closer one gets to death, the more positive... »
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