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 20th, 2020
Did you know about these 5 strange bequests?
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June 13th, 2018
Are you a victim of a home improvement scam?
Scamming is something that can happen to anyone but it is a major problem for the elderly. Home repair or home improvement scams are a continuing issue. According to a 2015 report, an estimated $36.5 billion is lost per year by elderly Americans to various […]
May 6th, 2018
Do you know where your parents’ important information is?
It may seem morbid but have you asked them? This article from a New Zealand website is very applicable to us in the United States. It’s a topic most of us don’t want to broach with our parents but it’s one that’s necessary […]
April 30th, 2018
Do famous people have wills?
Less than 50% of people in the United States have a will and it seems that famous people are just as bad as average folks when it comes to writing one. The younger the person, the better the chance that there’s no will. A […]