Some Solutions to Internet Identity After Death

What happens to your Facebook or Twitter account if you become incapacitated or die? While some sites may merely wither away or be deleted, other accounts – such as your bank account and credit card accounts online – are open for hacking if passwords aren’t changed often.

Divorce and Your Estate

Have you ever been divorced? If you are married, you can pat yourself on the back, as you belong to the successful side of the “50 Percent Club,” or the half of all marriages that succeed.

Your Patient Responsibilities

In a previous post, we talked about patient rights. But, what are your responsibilities as a patient?

Your Patient Rights

Have you had a surgery recently in a hospital or a clinic? Did you receive a paper that stated your rights as a patient before your surgery? Patient rights vary from state to state, so you may or may not receive information about your rights (or responsibilities) as a patient. For instance, if you live in Tennessee, you may receive notice that a facility will not honor DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) orders, but that they may honor a healthcare power of attorney.

Public Opinion Polls and End-of-Life Decisions

Have you thought more about end-of-life decisions since the recent debate over health care? While some individuals claim that the health care bill (or variations of that bill) carry information about ‘death panels,’ you can rest assured that this term is not used in any terminology.

Some Terms to Define Advance Directives

The following definitions are used by the American Hospital Association to define terms used in and about advance directives. These terms, which are part of a brochure provided to help patients, families and the hospitals that serve them, presents key resources to enhance educational efforts and to raise awareness around the important issue of advance directives.

The Pitfalls of Joint Tenancy

One way many people use to try to avoid probate after death is joint tenancy, which is a way to own property with someone else. Joint tenancy – also known as survivorship – is a legal term that means, basically, co-ownership. If you and your spouse buy a house or automobile in both names and one of you dies, the property then automatically falls into the hands of the survivor who has the name on the property.

Government Web Sites on Aging

Are you afraid of getting older? Are you unsure about what opportunities might be available to your or your loved ones who also are aging? While many people seem to be distrustful of the government, the U.S. government has produced some insightful Web sites that deal with aging. These sites are listed below, along with information about what they offer to the aging discussion nationwide:

What is a Living Will?

A living will is a written document that you can create that allows you to state your wishes in advance about the use of life-prolonging medical care if you become seriously ill or incapacitated. While many people think this document is about authorizing abandonment by the medical system, a living will also can be used to state a desire to receive medical treatment that will sustain life. In all cases, the living will comes into effect only when you would die without life-sustaining medical treatment.

Non-Traditional Kids and Your Will

If you are making a will, or if you made one so long ago that you don’t remember what it contains, you may want to change that will to reflect your current conditions both financially and in the growth or diminishing rate of your family. If your family has grown, you may have included what are known as “nontraditional” children. These children would include children from previous marriages, adopted children and even illegitimate children. How can you provide for them in your will if you desire?