Ashes: A Reminder of Our Mortality

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“All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.” Ecclesiastes 3:20

Ash Wednesday is a good reminder of our mortality, a part of life Americans tend to put off considering for a long time.

As an estate planning / probate attorney, I’ve experienced the same thing with my clients. Often when someone comes to me for a comprehensive estate plan, they have to face some tough questions about their own death and what will happen to them on their deathbed, and what will happen to all the things they can’t take into the afterlife. Sometimes this brings about unpleasant memories of loved ones who have passed already, and sometimes fears about death itself.

But remembering our mortality is important, because Continue reading


Powers of attorney as insurance

I find that there are quite a few people I’ve talked to recently who say they’d like a power of attorney someday, but think that they are too young to bother with that now.

The question I would like to explore then is this: how old does one need to be to have valid power of attorney documents?  Continue reading