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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

October 23rd, 2016 Do celebrities make money after they die? In one word “yes”.  Following is the article recently released by Forbes that lists the highest paid celebrities who died this year. While the Pearly Gates seemed to welcome an unusual amount of celebrities in the past year (David Bowie, Prince and Arnold Palmer, […]
October 16th, 2016 Prince’s Urn – Totally Unique  This past week, People Magazine revealed the first photos of Prince’s urn, one that is a totally unique as the man was himself. While alive, Paisley Park in Minnesota was Prince’s home; as of last Thursday, it became a museum and memorial to him.  […]
October 9th, 2016 6 ways to foil hackers, phishers and pushy marketers I’ve written a lot in the past about identity theft and the importance of protecting your online accounts.  These six points were contained in an email from my mortgage broker and I think they definitely are worth repeating. 1. Update software. The latest computer, smartphone […]
October 2nd, 2016 My father left his home to his kids — my stepmother sold it for $1 million We read this recent column from MarketWatch and found it interesting enough that we are repeating it in its entirety.  If you have step children or step parents, you should be aware of what might happen if proper planning isn’t done. He made his wishes […]