Cryonic Estate Planning: Will You Be Financially Prepared When They Wake You Up?
Cryonics-- having your body cryogenically frozen – seeks to keep either your head (neurocryopreservation) or full body suspended until medical technology advances to the extent that there is a method to revive you in the future. Cryonics vendors already exist and have a price tag on the process itself as... »
Our Broken Healthcare System and What You Can Do Now
Americans spend more than $3 trillion a year on health care, which makes up 20% of our economy. In contrast, most countries' health care represents closer to 10% of their GDP. This makes rapid reform impossible without a shock to our economy and job market, yet the system as... »
Ask an Attorney FAQ: Student Loans: Until Death Do Us Part?
As published in Alison's monthly Ask An Attorney column in New York Parentingby Alison Arden Besunder, Esq.  Q: I have a lot of student loans that I am still paying off after 20 years. My spouse guaranteed a student loan of her niece. What happens if either of us dies? Will my estate be required... »
Retiring Early: Do It Right, and It Could Lengthen Your Life
Studies on how retirement effects the health and well-being of individuals are conflicting. Some show that an early retirement can reduce the chances of getting a serious disease by as much as 20%, while others found that retirement actually raises the risks for cardiovascular disease and cancer. So which is true?... »
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... »
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