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

Most Recent Posts

July 24th, 2016 Shakespeare’s second best bed – where did it go? Even in the 1600s, people wrote wills to designate where they wanted their assets to go after their death. William Shakespeare’s will was signed on March 25, 1616.  He left most of his estate to his daughter, Susannah Hall.  However, toward the end of […]
July 17th, 2016 Are you among the 63%? That’s the percent of Americans who do not have a will, according to a Google Consumer survey by A recent article talks about some of the horror stories that occur when people die without putting an estate plan in place. Here are […]
July 11th, 2016 Did he really just get the lorry? Although this actually happened in the UK, it could just as easily have happened here. Fred McGuinness owned a scrap yard.  When he died at age 64 in 1987, he left everything to his wife Edith. He had four children: David, Freddie, Kevin and […]
July 3rd, 2016 Many states join the UFADAA bandwagon Earlier this year, we wrote about the first state to adopt the new, revised UFADAA (Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act) recommended statute.  This statute makes clearer the ways which an estate executor and others can deal with your digital assets when you die. […]