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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.
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Most Recent Posts

August 21st, 2016 Who gets your bible and your jelly jar collection? Do you have a tangible personal property memo as part of your estate plan?  I just read a Forbes article that really makes a good case for why one is necessary. An example they used is as follow, “When a widow with incapacity issues […]
August 14th, 2016 Seven towns want their residents to become immortal! Bet you never thought that there would be places where death is a crime.  Well, there are.  Seven cities in Italy, France, Brazil, Spain and Norway urge their citizens not to die.   Sellia, Italy – The town has only 537 residents, the majority […]
August 7th, 2016 From 29 to 6 – at what cost? As everyone probably knows by now, Prince died on April 21, 2016 and he didn’t have a will.  You’d think that someone who had attorneys involved in almost every phase of his life and was worth more than $250 million would have done some […]
July 31st, 2016 What will happen to your minor children if you die? If you’ve got young children, your days are filled with all sorts of activities related to them.  You don’t have time for much else, especially not long term planning. However, ask yourself who will take care of your children if you and/or your spouse […]