Cremation: What Happens to the Metals in Your Body?

Cremation: What Happens to the Metals in Your Body?

Before our death we can notify our loved ones of our preference for either burial or cremation. Cremation is the process that converts human remains to ashes and mineral fragments through combustion and oxidation. The furnace used to disintegrate the corpse should reach temperatures up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of us have metals in […]

How You Can Take Charge of Your Estate Plan

How You Can Take Charge of Your Estate Plan

You may be working with an attorney to draft your estate plan, but the process is not entirely in their hands. In fact, much of what the attorney does depends on you. The attorney assists you by committing to paper the goals for your estate and how it is divided among your beneficiaries. Therefore, the […]

What to Do and Not to Do Immediately After Someone Dies

What to Do and Not to Do Immediately After Someone Dies

We assist clients in their role as personal representative during the probate process, or in their role as successor trustee during the administration of a trust (or both). Probate and trust administration are legal processes that occur after a friend or loved one has passed away. Potential clients approach us days, weeks, months, or even years after […]

Going out with a Bang: Unforgettable Last Wishes

Going out with a Bang: Unforgettable Last Wishes

As you give thought to who you might want to give assets to on your passing, or where you would like to choose as your final resting place, here are a few fun examples to get you thinking: Becoming one with your work Sometimes passion for one’s work can become consuming. For Mark Gruenwald, that […]

Wills for Kids and Other Legal Formalities

Wills for Kids and Other Legal Formalities

You may have seen the humorous Scarfolk blog that discusses the “Junior Last Will & Testament”, an easy to read pre-mortem legal document for children. As quoted from the Scarfolk humour blog: “While it familiarised children with the inevitability of their demises in a fun way, it also introduced them to their civic obligations. For example, […]

Oregon Gives You Control Over Transfer of Digital Assets and Accounts

Oregon Gives You Control Over Transfer of Digital Assets and Accounts

So much of our business and personal lives is transacted online.  Our clients have serious concerns around how digital assets and accounts are managed after death.  You may be surprised that online service providers were not required to follow your directives after death or during your incapacity.  Who is in control: you or the online […]

Is it Time to Update My Estate Plan?

Is it Time to Update My Estate Plan?

There are many reasons to review and update your will and other estate planning documents. Below is a partial checklist of events that may prompt you to do so. Birth or Death. If a beneficiary, trustee, or personal representative named in your estate plan has died, your plan should be updated to remove the name. Otherwise […]

Preserving Family Harmony After a Death

Preserving Family Harmony After a Death

After eighteen years of helping families through probate and post death administration, I have seen many family feuds. These emotional and costly fights are rarely about big assets like retirement funds, investment accounts or real estate. Families fight about “stuff” – sentimental items, family heirlooms, jewelry, furniture, and art. Most of these items have little […]

Analysis of Ron Swanson’s Last Will and Testament

Analysis of Ron Swansons Last Will and Testament

In Episode 5 of Season 6 of the TV show Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson (played by actor Nick Offerman) showed his Last Will and Testament to Ben Wyatt (played by actor Adam Scott). Ben asked Ron if he would be a witness to his Will and Ron responded by showing him his own Will […]