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Are ‘Green Burials’ Legal?

“Green” or “natural’ burials are increasing in popularity for two reasons: cost and environmental awareness. The average cost of a traditional funeral ranges from $6,000 to $10,000 – and can be much higher. This cost includes embalming, a metal casket, and cemetery services (including a concrete vault). The traditional U.S. funeral industry is a $15 billion business. There are also environmental issues with traditional funerals. Embalming fluid often contains formaldehyde, a carcinogen. It is dangerous to funeral directors and toxic …

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Posted 1 year ago in Estate Planning Your Money & The Law by Janet Raasch  
Protect Yourself with a Financial Power of Attorney

Usually, we like to feel that we are on top of making our own financial decisions. We pay our bills, transfer money between our accounts and make our investments (good and bad). But sometimes, this is not possible. Maybe you are traveling to a remote area for an extended period of time. Maybe you have suffered illness or injury and are not up to making these decisions. Maybe you are getting older and finding it more difficult to keep track …

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Posted 1 year ago in Estate Planning Wills and Probate by Sylvia Hsieh  
Estate Planning Misstep Costs James Gandolfini Heirs $30M

A month after his untimely death, James Gandolfini’s will is now being picked apart like Tony Soprano’s brain at a therapy session with Dr. Melfi. The 51-year-old Gandolfini left a will that is now public for his estimated $70 million estate. Drafted in December 2012, it leaves 20 percent to his wife Deborah Lin, 30 percent each to his two sisters and 20 percent to his newborn daughter Liliana, an existing trust of unknown amount to his son Michael along …

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Posted 1 year ago in Estate Planning by Janet Raasch  
Living Wills Vital to Receiving Desired End-of-Life Care

Most of us have had the same nightmare. We are slowly dying in a hospital bed, tubes going in and out, being kept alive by beeping machines. Worse yet, we are unable to communicate our wishes to our caregivers and the loved ones gathered around. No one knows what we want. The way to prevent this nightmare from becoming reality is a living will. A living will is completely different from a conventional will or living trust used to leave …

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Posted 1 year ago in Estate Planning Medical Malpractice by Janet Raasch  
Can Your Doctor Block Your Access to Your Medical Records?

No. In every state, your health care provider must provide you with a copy of your medical records if you ask for them. Your medical records include your medical history, your family medical history, information about your lifestyle, physical examination and laboratory results, medications prescribed, diagnoses and prognoses, results of treatment and procedures undergone, allergies and other risk factors, disabilities and limitations, and participation in research projects.   HIPAA Guarantees Access The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act is a …

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