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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April 23rd, 2017
Was he really dead?
Sir Jimmy Young, a radio DJ in the UK, died in November 2016 at age 95. He left an estate worth more than 2.7 million pounds and a bizarre last request. In his will, Jimmy requested that his dead body be given a lethal […]
April 16th, 2017
Do you know your spouse’s passwords?
A recent article in the Huffington Post really emphasized why you need to be sure to learn your spouse’s passwords…while he or she is still alive to tell you what they are. The article, titled “I’m Still Paying For My Dead Husband’s Cell Phone Because […]
April 9th, 2017
Can it happen here?
A recent story from the United Kingdom talked about the rise of family feuds related to inheritance. The number of cases – 116 – reaching the High Court in 2015 broke all past records. According to a British law firm, the rise in cases […]
April 2nd, 2017
Have you done your end of life planning yet?
It’s something no one wants to think about, much less actually do. However, it’s critical that you make a plan so that your wishes can be carried out. Do you care about whether the doctor takes heroic measures? Do you want to be kept […]