Guides for life's toughest moments

Welcome to DieSmart

My name is Kathy Lane and I am one of the founders of DieSmart. I am also a mother, wife, grandmother and, until my mother died last year at the age of 95, a caretaker. And I thought I was retired.

My partner and I are not attorneys; not doctors; not grief counselors. We are people who have started and managed businesses, raised families and nurtured friends. We became caretakers for our aging parents, and then acted as executors of their estate.

We found it hard to believe that educated people like ourselves did not understand the paperwork or the legal and financial aspects of dying. We realized that no one teaches someone how to die smart in school. Or explain why a lack of knowing or doing means someone pays later.

We discovered that dying is not just an emotional event in life, but a major financial one as well. An event where "dying dumb" can cost 4 to 8% of your net worth and, if long term care is involved, perhaps all of it.

More on who we are...

An interview with author Kathy Lane.
Interview
State Laws and how they affect you
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Most Recent Posts

January 31st, 2016 No power in the house – a digital death problem! A Sad but True Story from Access Denied illustrates a major problem that many survivors face when trying to deal with their loved one’s death. “Marsha’s husband, Greg, went bike riding with some friends, something he did most Sunday mornings. A car careened down […]
January 24th, 2016 Apple says maybe” – Another digital death fiasco A Canadian, Peggy Bush, widow tried to get her deceased husband’s Apple ID password so she could continue to use apps that resided on their shared iPad.  She ended up being told by Apple support that she would have to produce a court order […]
January 17th, 2016 Have you made a plan for your digital assets? When cruising the web, we came across a video that very simply tells you the basics of what to do about your digital assets.  Many people have what they think are comprehensive plans for their estate.  However, they’ve forgotten about this very critical segment.  Check […]
January 10th, 2016 If you owe money when you die, who pays the debt? If you’re like most people, you have some kind of debt – a mortgage, a credit card bill, school or a car loan. What happens when you die? Do your heirs have to pay your bills for you? According to a recent U.S. News […]