When Should I Update My Estate Plan?

You’re one of the smart ones: You already have an estate plan that you and your spouse created it back in 1996; it’s sitting snugly in a safety deposit box, gathering dust until the (hopefully) far-off day when it will be needed. You’re done, right? Wrong. Kudos to you if you’ve already created your estate… Read More »

E-mail, Twitter, Pay Pal—Oh My! How to Protect Your Online Assets

E-mail, blog, iTunes, social networking, online photo albums… more and more of our lives and our businesses are moving online, but what happens to that online life when you pass away? Will your accounts languish, becoming an easy mark for hackers?  Eventually be deleted? Perhaps they’ll be passed to your spouse after petitioning the court… Read More »

Don’t Let Hospital Procedures Leave You In The Dark

If you or a loved one has spent any time in hospitals recently then you know that they operate under strict rules regarding privacy; rules that, according to this post by Tara Parker-Pope, can seem difficult or unfair. These rules prevent hospital staff from sharing information about patients (even with extended family members), and in… Read More »

Maria Shriver and HBO: Bringing Alzheimer’s out of the Back Room and into the Living Room

Every 70 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 5.3 million people are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s is now the sixth leading cause of death There are 9.9 million unpaid caregivers in America One in eight people over the age of 65 suffers from Alzheimer’s             (from the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2009 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and… Read More »

Procrastination is Not a Planning Tool

The number one reason that people die without protecting their assets or their heirs is not that they lack the money to create an estate plan, and it’s not that they don’t know that they need one, or how to create one—It’s procrastination.  Most people who die without an estate plan in place do so… Read More »