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Of Sound Mind: Make Plans for Your Digital Estate

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ABA Journal
American Bar Association
Posted Aug 1, 2012

Today we have online financial accounts, bill payments, insurance and medical records, and much more. We own extensive libraries and collections of electronic books, movies, music and photos. Tax returns, important documents and other written material live on hard drives in digital form, often in several places, using naming and filing conventions survivors might not be able to decipher.

However, probate and other legal procedures still focus on the tangible world. In the context of our “digital estates,” what can traditional executors and trustees do?

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Thanks to the DeathCare Discussion List for alerting us to this article.


USF students flock to 'Death and Dying' class

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Sarasota FL
July 2, 2012

Professor Kathy Black peppers each startled student enrolled in her University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee class with a single question on the first day: "How old will you be when you die, and what are you going to die of?"

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Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide Blog for alerting us to this article.


How to Avoid Fights Over Inheritance

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U.S.News & World Report
July 17, 2012

Experts say a will alone is insufficient to prevent family squabbles

An elderly woman on her deathbed has an estate worth $400,000. She has four children and a will stating that she wants each child to receive 25 percent of her assets after she dies.

The situation seems simple enough: The woman has a legal document in place—a will—that contains specifics on how she wants her estate to be passed along to her children. But according to estate-planning experts, this woman's death could kick off a long and expensive legal process that often turns ugly. Fights over inheritance can cause rifts in families that are sometimes impossible to heal, these experts say.

Read the full article in the U.S.News & World Report

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 July 2012 20:02 )

Why I'm Still a Tissue Donor

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The Global Muckraker
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
July 24, 2012

When ICIJ began discussing how to write a story about the untraceable and opaque trade in human tissues, our intent was not to propel readers to toss out their donor cards.

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WHO moves to track human tissue

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The Global Muckraker
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
July 20, 2012

The World Health Organization plans to create a coding system to track human tissue used in medical products, The Asahi Shimbun reports from Japan.

Officials plan to meet in France next month to discuss how to introduce the system across 193 countries.

The move would represent a significant improvement to safety, and follows an international reporting effort led by the ICIJ that revealed flaws in the way human tissue is obtained, tracked and used by doctors and dentists.

Read the full article at The Global Muckraker

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 July 2012 16:33 )

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