What happens with your digital life when you die or if you are in a coma? The Washington Post interviewed me in a piece that highlighted Delaware’s new law that grants access to digital property owned by someone who is incapacitated or has died. As I told the reporter, in my practice I regularly see loved ones struggling to manage someone’s affairs because the accounts are … [Read more...] about Who Cares for Your Digital Life and Afterlife?
Trusts and Estates
If divorce is something you are thinking about, are in the midst of, or have gone through, Daily Finance has an article on financial, tax, and legal related points to consider. The author has prepared a thorough list of 22 things to consider in moving from married to divorced. I am in strong agreement with several of his points. Time spent going through his list would be … [Read more...] about Preparing For And Getting Through Divorce
Ann Aldrich probably thought she was doing well when she signed a will that left a list of her assets to her sister and if her sister didn’t survive then to her brother James. However, the will she signed in 2004, an “E-Z Legal Form,” was not drafted for her by a lawyer. Certainly unintended, the fill-in-the-blank form will created several problems that resulted in litigation … [Read more...] about E-Z Legal Form Not so Easy with Court Fight Over Will
As family and friends face the loss of a loved one, they are also often thrust into becoming instant funeral service consumers. The choices can be overwhelming and the costs significant. I talk with my clients about the gift of making pre-need arrangements - funeral, cremation, burial, etc. I describe pre-planning as a gift because it leaves loved ones being able to just grieve … [Read more...] about Funeral Choices
For senior citizens, their loved ones, and caregivers, many, many questions can arise. Finding answers can seem overwhelming and very time consuming. In Virginia, there is an information rich 112-page book that covers all aspects of senior living. For more than three decades the Virginia State Bar has published the Senior Citizens Handbook: Laws & Programs Affecting Senior … [Read more...] about Senior Citizens Handbook: Answers, Information, & Resources in Virginia