Marketing a Cemetery
If you think competition is fierce to get into a cemetery in New York City, you'd be right. Considering we have a tough enough time finding space in this city while we're living, the oodles of dead from centuries past need a place to lay their heads too, and... »
Artificial Intelligence and Its Legal Implications: Not Your Parents' Robot
Elon Musk predicted AI will be the "end of civilization" and that "we're summoning the demon," and Stephen Hawking said it will "spell the end of the human race." Yet with all the doom and gloom, the idea of AI still tends to be nebulous. In my recent blog post for... »
Overlooked: The New York Times Features Female Heroes Who Never Got Obituaries
New York Times journalist Amisha Padnani lamented that, while the newspaper's obituary section routinely payed tribute to men, particularly white men, who contributed to society over the years, powerful stories about women and minorities have been grossly overlooked. Now the New York Times and Padnani are putting the spotlight... »
Battling The Loneliness of Our Older Generation
A couple of months ago we discussed Japan’s aging generation in Once Coveted Japanese Apartment Buildings Now Homes to Lonely Deaths.  Sadly, the loneliness affliction is not limited to Japan and is a global issue facing the elderly around the world.  A heart-wrenching article by Huffington Post UK columnist... »
Stephen Hawking: Quotes He Left Behind
Stephen Hawking died yesterday at the age of 76, leaving behind a large body of theoretical physics work that will be regarded for years to come. During his lifetime he also shared many quotes on living and dying:  “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the... »
3 Steps to Make Sure Your Bitcoin and Online Assets Don't Get Lost When You Die
When people die without an organized account of their assets, it leaves the family trying to piece together clues from paper trails. Now, as a larger and larger portion of our financial lives becomes managed online, assets could be lost in the cosmos if they're not documented and accounted for.  Let last... »
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?... »
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