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.
Most Recent Posts
March 19th, 2014
Do you want to stay next to your pet forever?
The Virginia legislature recently amended state burial law to allow cemeteries to provide designated spaces for burying pets in caskets next to their owners. Prior to passage of the new law, cremated remains of a pet could be buried in the casket with the [...]
March 4th, 2014
What has Facebook done to the accounts of deceased people?
Facebook recently announced that they have changed their rules related to memorializing the account of a deceased person. In the past, Facebook determined who could see that memorialized page. Now, the changed rule says that the memorialized page can be seen by the same [...]
February 11th, 2014
The “Aid in Dying” movement – is it a good idea?
According to an article that appeared a few days ago in the New York Times, there is a new movement in the United States called “Aid in Dying”. It’s supporters try to avoid calling it what it really is – assisted suicide – but, [...]
January 20th, 2014
Another actor did it wrong. Do you have your plans in place?
Julie Garber, in her weekly blog, wrote about another person who did it wrong. When actor Paul Walker died in a terrible car crash on November 30th, 2013, he left an estate estimated to be worth at least $45 million. However, he had done [...]