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January 2015

Dangers of Online Estate Planning

There are limits to what technology should be allowed to do for you. Sometimes free is not fair. Death calls for careful planning. Consult a professional who cares. See my services tab for more details.

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

The Internet is full of websites that sell downloads and worksheets that will produce generic legal documents. They offer legal documents of all kinds, including things like wills and trusts. Can anyone with a computer create an effective estate plan using DIY tools that are being offered online? Consumer Reports Study The highly respected magazine Consumer Reports was wondering about this question back in 2012. They decided to find an answer. Consumer Reports staffers went online, and they identified three of the most popular purveyors of do-it-yourself legal documents. They created last wills using downloads and worksheets that they got from these three websites. Three prominent legal professors were engaged to examine these do-it-yourself last wills. They came away with some rather telling criticisms. Ultimately, they said that unintended negative consequences could come about if the average layperson was to use one of these do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions to create a last will.
http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/estate-planning/dangers-online-estate-planning/

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Your Date of Death is not usually on your Calendar – Penny Mitchell

Do you have a Will and a practical plan? Tragic events continue to grab world media attention and shock reasonable people into startling acts, lifestyle changes and prejudices. All victims have one thing in common – they didn’t expect to... Continue Reading →

Did somebody say Cheese?

Shoppers Unite and communicate your rights!

The Scribbling Scribes

by Penny M

Yes, anything from a grimace to a grin will do as long as features are misplaced for a few seconds, minutes, or more, or more … Fortunately cameras are much faster these days for all except group photos.

Cheese no longer makes me smile. The cost has climbed into the eaves of every food store I know.

It’s a festive season, I think, a thought that no longer brings excitement. Have you noticed how the price of many basic necessities climbs towards December (or any holiday for that matter)? In fact, retailers can’t wait to order and display fresh stocks with price hikes from October onwards. Do they think we don’t notice?

People splurge to buy things they might not normally buy throughout the year. This is because it’s traditionally the season of giving, in celebration of the greatest gift of all.??????

But cheese?

An Economics Lecturer…

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Oscar Pistorius – Punishment Enough?

I wonder what New Year's Eve was like for Oscar Pistorius, the athlete, now notorious for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. I am currently reading Behind the Door by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman. The book was recommended to me... Continue Reading →

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