Sunday, March 03, 2013
Thoughts on How to Die! Great article by Dr. Ken Murray about how doctors choose to die. Careers in medicine have taught them the limits of treatment and the need to plan for the end. Though they have great access to the best medical treatment, many choose to die serenely and with quality of life rather than merely extending it at any cost.
Friday, March 01, 2013
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Visualize your death! No, I'm not suggesting you spend your day thinking morbid thoughts about your demise, but that you consider--in detail--how your estate would be administered after you're gone. Do you have a business? Who will dispose of it or continue to run it if you can't? Is there a market (i.e., buyers) for it? What about your rental properties? Is your successor trustee capable of managing them? Should they be left equally to all your heirs, possibly causing a "stalemate" if some want to sell and others don't? Or would it be better to leave individual properties to specific members of your family? If you own a family cabin, should you leave it outright to your family or require it to be held in trust for their use (under specific conditions)? Will your estate have sufficient liquidity (i.e., cash!) to accomplish your objectives, such as educating minors or providing for loved ones? If not, can illiquid assets (real estate, etc.) be quickly sold to provide it, or, should you consider purchasing life insurance? After recording your planning objectives in your trust or will, reflect carefully--visualize--how those objectives actually will be implemented. Finally, will the person you've chosen to settle your estate (i.e., your successor trustee or personal representative) bring efficiency and harmony to the process? Can he or she delegate duties if necessary and provide proper accounting to your heirs? Or, will his or her stewardship foment "family civil war?"