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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

December 4th, 2016 Was she swindled out of joint property? We came across a column about a women whose husband asked her to give up the rights to their home…and 10 years later they were divorcing.  The column is from The Moneyologist; it teaches a good lesson and I think you may find it […]
November 27th, 2016 Credit card debt after death – what you need to know It’s often incredibly difficult to cope with the death of a loved one.  A creditor knocking on your door makes it even more difficult. Can a creditor collect a credit card debt owed by your deceased parent or spouse? There is not one simple […]
November 20th, 2016 When is online estate planning a good idea? First of all, what is estate planning?  It’s the process people follow to protect their estate and their family in case of their incapacitation or death.  It includes such things as writing a will, naming a guardian for an surviving minors in the family, […]
November 13th, 2016 Facebook declared people prematurely dead.  Were you one of them? On Thursday, 11/11, Facebook had a bug.  It was one that managed to modify user profiles and declare those users dead.  Even Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, appeared dead on the site. Despite being very much alive, users found their accounts switched to a “memorialized account,” […]