I am not going to give legal advice. I will dispense a little common sense because I am a little “long in the tooth” myself and I have heard lots of sad stories about people who have not been prepared to die.
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How many of you keep all of your security codes, passwords, and PIN numbers on a sticky note taped to the computer? Too many of them for that. How many of you rely on your memory? Too old for that. How about all of those scraps of paper you look for when you want to make . . . → Read More: The Survivor Checklist Might Start With Your Passwords
Mary and I were about 25 years old when we got our first will. It was in the early days of the computer and we downloaded a free last will and testament template. We filled in the blanks and had it notarized.
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I consider myself a pretty organized person. However, as in most households, there is a separation of duties that takes place. One of you pays the bills for the mortgage, the other handles the bank accounts and investments. You take certain things for granted. I was in a discussion with Mary one day when it dawned . . . → Read More: Using a Survivor Checklist For Dealing With Death
Mary and I have a signed a notarized Health Care Directive. It is probably our fourth one. It is also known as a Living Will, Advanced Health Care Directive, or Personal Directive. We are both healthy and we used one provided by our lawyer when we were having our will revised.
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My wife, Mary, and I have been married for over 40 years. Our ideas about death and dying have evolved over the years and continue to change. Mary’s father died of cancer when she was 5 years old. Her sister died from diabetes at the age of 34. She had a fear of death that she . . . → Read More: Using a Template in Preparation for Writing Your Living Will
You can still have a funeral service if you do not have a church that you attend. If you are not affiliated with a religion, you can still have a spiritual service. You might still have a minister or a person of faith speak or preside. What does the service include? Here is a framework.
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