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.
State Laws and how they affect you

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May 21st, 2017 Have you made these 5 life insurance mistakes? We came across an interesting article about life insurance on the Edward Jones web site.  It gives you some valuable information and some things to think about.  It’s reposted here in its entirety. “If you already have life insurance, you’ve taken an important step to […]
May 14th, 2017 What happened to Ernie Ulrich’s estate? Who, you might ask, was Ernie Ulrich.  Ernie was just an average blue collar guy who served in the army during World War II and died in Chicago at age 85 on December 21, 1999.  He never married and had no children.  His two […]
May 7th, 2017 Are you making celebrity estate planning mistakes? This article appeared in the September 17, 2016 edition of  It contains some important information you should review. “Celebrities, they’re just like us. At least, they are when it comes to estate-planning mistakes. You’d think that high-profile individuals with substantial and varied assets, […]
April 30th, 2017 Who’s the owner of a 1958 Corvette convertible? This story is taken from one published in the Daily Republic. “A California judge will apparently decide who owns that yellow Corvette in June. One thing we do know for sure is that 75-year-old George Bristol owned the Corvette, valued at some $97,000, prior to […]