Can I Write My Own Will?
Many people write their own wills or purchase a last will and testament templates on the web, but if the documents are not properly executed and witnessed, they may not hold up in... »
DAPT? SLAT? What’s THAT?
As CPAs, estate planners, and individuals alike gain a better understanding of the implications of last year’s changes to tax law, new strategies are forming to take advantage of current laws to protect assets. Here a couple of lesser-known trusts that can help you protect your estate from unnecessary... »
5 New Year’s Resolutions from a Trust & Estates Guru
Marty Shenkman, an estate planning attorney and author of 42 books and 1,200 articles on the subject, recently published an article in Forbes with his New Year’s Resolutions. It just goes to show, all professionals suffer from the cobbler’s children proverb, and there is always something to be checked... »
The Hard Talk: End-of-Life Arrangements for a Loved One
A special thanks to our guest blogger, Beverly Nelson. With more people becoming caregivers for aging family every day, Beverly aims to provide as many resources as possible to help caregivers access the support they need.  ____________________________________________________________________________________ We often find in this life the most important things are sometimes the... »
Ask an Attorney FAQ: Prepare for an Emergency. Get Access to Your College-Age Child's Healthcare Information
As published in Alison's monthly Ask An Attorney column in New York Parentingby Alison Arden Besunder, Esq.  Q: My 17-year-old daughter is off to college this fall, and will turn 18 in December. I want to make sure that I am the one to make decisions for her if something happens, and also to make... »
Personal Accounts of Near-Death Experiences
While upbringing often dictates one’s thoughts and beliefs about what happens after death, personal experiences will alter that perspective in a heartbeat (or lack of one.) Here are six personal accounts of near-death experiences. “I've died twice, medically speaking. The first time was due to a motorcycle accident. When I... »
The Rise of the Death Cafe
Tea. Cake. Death. Not exactly your everyday trio. Yet Death Cafes are on the rise. Started in Switzerland in 2004 by sociologist and anthropologist Bernard Crettaz, the objective of Death Cafes is to increase the awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their... »
5 Off-the-Wall Last Requests
Although not always enforceable, you can put pretty much anything into your last will and testament--and these people did. Here are 5 off-the-wall last requests.  Jeremy Bentham died in 1832, and upon his direction his head and skeleton were preserved and dressed in a suit. His body has been on display... »
Startup Harvests Teenage Blood
You may think this is a Halloween hoax. Think again. Ambrosia is a Monterey, California startup company that is selling plasma transfusions harvested from teenagers at $8,000 a pop. A 2014 Harvard University study that demonstrated young blood renews old mice seems to have spearheaded the latest in what has become,... »
Why Couples Over 50 are Choosing Shacking Up Over Marriage
Over the past decade, the number of people over 50 who choose to live together but not get married increased 75%, and represented the highest increase in any age group. For people over 65, that number doubled. Coined "A Gray Revolution in Living Arrangements" by a representative from the... »
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