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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

November 22nd, 2015 Robert Holmes a Court’s big mistake His mistake is one people continue to make throughout the world.  They don’t make a will and die intestate.  About 50% of people say that they don’t have the time, don’t think they need one, don’t know how to get started, it’s too gruesome […]
November 15th, 2015 Common mistakes when writing a will Everyone is going to die; that’s a fact.  And everyone should have a will.  That’s another fact.  If you die without a will, the probate court will decide what happens to  your assets; you won’t. My father died about 15 years ago.  He left […]
November 8th, 2015 Can Lucky inherit $100 million? Lucky is a Siamese cat and, yes, the cat can inherit! Lucille Benton, 70, has decided that she will leave her children their family heirloom and photographs but Lucky will get all of her money.  Lucille says that her kids “never visit and rarely […]
November 1st, 2015 Who makes decisions if your divorce is not finalized? I came across a blog the other day that made a very important point.  If you are in the process of divorcing and have a medical emergency, who will make decisions on your behalf? When Lamar Odom was recently found unconscious in a Nevada […]