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.
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May 1st, 2016
Why didn’t Prince have a will?
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April 24th, 2016
Why is Michael Jackson’s estate back in the news?
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April 18th, 2016
Does your state law protect your digital assets?
Last year, a comprehensive law was proposed by the National Conference on Uniform State Laws. That law places access to a wide range of digital assets on a par with access to traditional tangible assets. “As the number of digital assets held by the […]
April 10th, 2016
Which state is the first to adopt the revised UFADAA?
Oregon became the first state to adopt the revised Uniform fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act when Governor Kate Brown signed it into law on March 3, 2016. It will become effective on January 1, 2017. The revised act is designed to ensure that […]