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Posting Beyond the Grave: What Happens to Your Social Media When You Die?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. | Legally reviewed by Joseph Fawbush, Esq. | Last updated on

When Odysseus became the first U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon in over 50 years, many people posted on social media about the accomplishment – even Starman and superstar David Bowie. But wait! Isn’t David Bowie dead? Yes. He died in 2016. However, his official Facebook account, …

Wendy Williams’ Diagnosis Highlights Need to Plan for Incapacity

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. | Legally reviewed by Joseph Fawbush, Esq. | Last updated on

Life can change without warning. Wendy Williams, the former talk show host, announced her recent diagnosis with Graves’ Disease, primary progressive aphasia, and frontotemporal dementia. This news highlights how a sudden medical condition can throw your life into upheaval. When a loved one becomes incapacitated without proper legal preparations,…

Do Your Student Loans Die With You?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. | Legally reviewed by Joseph Fawbush, Esq. | Last updated on

Many Americans use student loans to finance their higher education. And it may take years, even decades, for repayment. When you die, your property and assets make up your “estate.” But before your family members and loved ones share in your estate, your estate must first pay funeral expenses, lawyer…

Jay Leno Files for Conservatorship of Wife. What Is a Conservatorship?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. | Last updated on

The former host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno, filed for conservatorship of his wife, Mavis, who is suffering from dementia. In court documents, he is asking a court to be put in charge of her personal and financial decisions following her dementia diagnosis. Dementia has become an all-too-common…

Is Estate Planning One of Your New Year's Resolutions? Nine Questions to Get You Started

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. | Last updated on

People often ring in the New Year with lofty goals, whether to lose 10 pounds or write the Great American Novel. Making a last will and testament and other estate planning documents is usually at the top of the list. How can you get started and get estate planning…

Five Reasons Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. | Last updated on

Only 1 in 3 Americans have any type of estate planning document, according to one 2023 survey. This is unfortunate since all adult Americans should have an estate plan with a power of attorney, a healthcare directive, and a last will and testament. And there are additional…

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