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Announcing my new book: Every Californian’s Guide to Estate Planning!
My new book, Every Californian’s Guide to Estate Planning is available now and I’m excited to share it with all of you. I wrote it because there isn’t a California-specific estate planning book out there, and we, as Californians, have some special things to deal with. In…
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Life/Death/Law Episode 3: The Practice of Generosity
What is estate planning, really? I know that most lawyers focus on reducing taxes, or the creation of documents, but when you get down to it, what you’re really doing when you make an estate plan is giving everything away, right? So, to me, understanding the practice of generosity and what…
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Dealing With Dementia: Episode Two of Life/Death/Law
I’m thrilled to share Episode 2 of my podcast: Life/Death/Law, Dealing with Dementia. It’s almost Christmas, so, in the holiday spirit, I’m taking a look at a difficult, Home-For-The-Holidays moment — you get home and realize that your parents just seem…. a…
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Life/Death/Law Podcast: Episode 1! Purposeful Prenups
Welcome to my new podcast, Life/Death/Law, where I explore the intersection of life, death, law (and love)–otherwise known as estate planning. In this first episode Emily Bouchard, a family dynamics and money coach and the managing partner at Wealth Legacy Group, talks to me about…
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Single? No Estate Plan? Bad Idea
A few months ago, the New York Times published an article entitled, “Single? No Children? No Will? Big Mistake.” I’ve been meaning to write about it ever since. The author writes, “Certain people never reach one of those obvious points in their lives to write one. If…
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California’s New End of Life Option Act Goes Into Effect in 2016
In October, California became one of five states to permit medical aid in dying with the passage of the End of Life Option Act. The bill is modeled after one passed in Oregon in 1997. Governor Brown signed the bill, with a signing statement that said, in part, “I do not know what I…
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Thinking Single: Women Who Live Long
I recently read a Huffington post article about the need for women to plan their estates as if they were single. And that got me thinking about how, despite our best efforts to plan, life just has a way of constantly changing.  Children grow up, we get old, and even families slip away, or…
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Do You Know Where Your Parents’ Will or Trust Is?
If the answer to that question is, ‘N0!’ you are in good company. A recent survey by Caring.com of 1,000 adults found that less than half of the adults surveyed (45.8%) knew where their parents’ documents were. When asked if they even knew whether or not their parents had…
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