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Death with Dignity

by Kim Prchal October 15, 2014 Guest Articles

Brittany Maynard, an Oregon resident, selected the date November 1, 2014 as the day she will end her life. Brittany is 29 years old, and was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She is plagued […]

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In the News – Be Inspired By La Crosse, WI

by Jennifer Santini April 29, 2014 In the News

On CBS Sunday Morning this past Sunday, the whole program was dedicated to life and death. One particular story that stood out was on La Crosse, WI. In La Crosse, WI, “…96 percent of the […]

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In the News – Health Care Directives

by Jennifer Santini January 18, 2014 In the News

In the past few weeks, there have been two stories that have caught our attention regarding the issue of incapacity and the need for advanced health care directives. The first news story unfortunately involved a […]

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ESTATE PLANNING FOR YOUNG ADULTS…REALLY?

by Jamie Held November 27, 2013 Estate Planning 101

If you have a young adult child coming home for the holidays, the Thanksgiving table might serve as a good opportunity to talk with them about estate planning.   While most young adults do not own […]

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Estate Planning Tips for the Sandwich Generation

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen November 12, 2013 Estate Planning 101

While long proven to be a delectable meal, a sandwich as applied to the “sandwich generation” is significantly less appealing. For many of us, we are facing a time where our parents and our children […]

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TED Talks: Prepare For A Good End Of Life

by Jennifer Santini June 17, 2013 Estate Planning 101

I recently came across this TED Talk by Judy MacDonald Johnston and thought she did such a great job starting the discussion on end-of-life planning that I had to share it with our readers. The video […]

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Disposition of Remains: A Difficult, but Necessary Discussion

by Erin Hoolihan April 30, 2013 Estate Planning 101

What happens when one dies without a Health Care Directive and has specific wishes regarding the disposition of his or her body? What happens when a dispute occurs amongst remaining loved ones who have differing […]

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The Basics of Organ Donation

by Erin Hoolihan March 28, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Many of us come across the thought of organ donation for the first time when we apply for a driver’s license. Usually at that young age, it is a topic difficult to consider and oftentimes […]

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Do I Still Need An Estate Plan?

by Jennifer Santini January 23, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Some people continue to ask why they need an estate plan, especially since Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which made the $5 million federal estate tax exemption permanent. The question is often, “If […]

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Communicating End of Life Wishes

by Jayne Sykora January 15, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Last week, The New York Times ran a piece called “Help for Planning End of Life Care.” The blog post, by Paula Span, discusses a new website called Prepare, which is to help people prepare […]

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End of Life Decisions with a Guardianship

by Jamie Held October 29, 2012 Incapacity Planning

Earlier this month, a Hennepin County District Court Judge addressed the questions, “Who has the power to decide if a person under guardianship should be allowed to die?  Should it be the guardian …?  Should […]

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