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.
Most Recent Posts
November 3rd, 2013
One person is the biggest loser – Settlement of the Huguette Clark will dispute
Awhile ago we told you about Huguette Clark, a reclusive multimillionaire who died at the age of 104. She wrote two wills about six weeks apart. In the first one, she left the majority of her $300 million estate to her relatives, many of [...]
October 23rd, 2013
One week to be aware of – National Estate Planning Awareness Week
The week of October 21st is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. It’s a good time to think about what you want to have happen to your estate when you die. It really all boils down to how you’ve titled your property and who actually [...]
October 12th, 2013
Same sex couple employment tax filings – know what to do?
The IRS recently issued a series of tax revisions that directly impact same sex couples. Some of them are related to the filing of income tax returns and deductions that are now legal. This 60 second tip from Robert Keebler, CPA,may give you some [...]
September 24th, 2013
Pet cemeteries can now bury people…in NY
In 2011, the New York Division of Cemeteries ruled that human burials could not take place in pet cemeteries. This left many people devastated because they wanted their ashes to be buried with their pets…but they couldn’t be. According to Ed Marin, owner of [...]