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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker yesterday at 00:45. 10 comments

How to Make Sure Your Online Will Is Legally Binding

How to Make Sure Your Online Will Is Legally Binding

If you’re using an online service like LegalZoom or FreeWill to create your will, don’t assume you can sign and store your will online as well. Print it out, have a notary present at the signing ceremony, and store a hard copy in a safe, secure place.

As financial columnist Paul Sullivan explains in The New York Times, many people don’t realize that online wills have an offline component:

But...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 09, 2019. 8 comments

How to Support a Friend Who Has Lost a Child

How to Support a Friend Who Has Lost a Child

If someone close to you has ever lost a child, you know how devastating that type of loss can be—and how utterly helpless it can feel to those who love them and can’t ease their pain. While there is no “fixing” this deep of a loss, there are things that friends and family can do to support them as they grieve.

Author Kimberly Calabrese, who lost her daughter Paris at six months old, wrote the...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Sep 24, 2019. 14 comments

What to Do First With an Inheritance

What to Do First With an Inheritance

What would you do if you received a large amount of inheritance money? If you want to be financially prudent about it, the answer is nothing—at least, not for a year.

As Susan B. Garland explains in The New York Times, many people spend their inheritances faster than they expect by splurging on short-term pleasures and failing to plan for the tax burden. Garland quotes Susan Bradley, founder...

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Melanie Pinola Melanie Pinola Sep 16, 2019. 13 comments

What Can I Say That's Actually Helpful in Times of Grief?

What Can I Say That's Actually Helpful in Times of Grief?

Grief is awful, but it can also be awkward. If someone you know is grieving , it can be hard to know what to say—or perhaps more importantly, what not to say—to them. Of course, your intentions are good and you want to make things better, not worse. Here’s what you need to know.

Dear Lifehacker,
This year has been a very difficult one for me. A close friend passed away and a few other people I...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Aug 10, 2019. 7 comments

How to Livestream a Funeral

How to Livestream a Funeral

If you died tomorrow, how many people would feel compelled to travel for your funeral, and how far would they have to come? It’s now fairly commonplace to leave your hometown and move across the country or abroad, at least for a while, and to find your loved ones scattered across thousands of miles.

As much as we might want to travel for every major life event, it’s often not feasible....

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Elizabeth Yuko Elizabeth Yuko Jul 18, 2019. 5 comments

How to Transport a Dead Body by Plane

How to Transport a Dead Body by Plane

People die every day —and yes, that includes when they’re traveling. It’s not something most of us think about when planning a trip, but for some, it’s an unfortunate reality. But what do you do if you’re traveling with someone and they pass away? It’s not like you can Weekend-at-Bernie’s them and fly them back on their original coach ticket—so what are your options?

In short, it depends on...

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Elizabeth Yuko Elizabeth Yuko Jul 04, 2019. 17 comments

Here Are All the Ways You Can (Legally) Dispose of a Dead Body

Here Are All the Ways You Can (Legally) Dispose of a Dead Body

So much of death is a mystery, between how and when we’re going to go, if there’s anything beyond the grave—you know, all the pleasant stuff. But while a lot of this is out of our control, there is one aspect of our impending deaths that we usually can choose: what happens to our body.

Sure, there are the traditional routes of burial or cremation, but there’s a lot more you can do with your...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker May 03, 2019. 14 comments

Should You Write Your Own Will?

Should You Write Your Own Will?

You know you need a will. Why not use one of those online legal services—or just write it yourself?

As professional trustee and executor Marguerite C. Lorenz explains, a DIY will may cause more problems than it solves:

For some people with complicated personal and financial lives, today’s complexities may not be fully addressed with a do-it-yourself service for wills and trusts. While many of...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Apr 16, 2019. 11 comments

How to Manage Household Finances After Your Spouse Dies

How to Manage Household Finances After Your Spouse Dies

Few people want to consider what might happen after the death of a spouse, but it’s an inevitability that many of us will have to prepare for—and for widows or widowers who aren’t prepared, the period immediately after a spouse’s death can be a financial nightmare.

The New York Times has an in-depth guide to managing household finances after a spouse dies, starting with the advice to share as...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Mar 25, 2019. 12 comments

How to Write a Condolence Note

How to Write a Condolence Note

It’s hard to know what to do or say when someone you know loses a person who was close to them. Grief is a scary and amorphous thing, and if you haven’t experienced it, reaching out can feel like overstepping a boundary or reminding someone of something they’re trying to forget.

But grief is as isolating as it is painful, and it is important to let bereaved friends and acquaintances know you...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Mar 20, 2019. 21 comments

Stop Burying Your Pets in the Backyard

Stop Burying Your Pets in the Backyard

I buried my first and only pet when I was 7.

His name was Hopper and he was a rabbit. He lived a short life before ending up buried in my backyard. I learned this week that that was probably the wrong move, thanks to a story by veterinary anatomic pathologist Rachel Allevana on The Conversation.

Turns out burying your deceased pet raises a lot of environmental concerns, and may have adverse...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Feb 27, 2019. 15 comments

How to Give Someone Really, Really Bad News

How to Give Someone Really, Really Bad News

There are bad phone calls, and then, there are really bad phone calls, like the ones in which you’re forced to give someone news that a loved one was in an accident, or worse—they’ve died.

On Twitter, author Naomi Alderman shared some advice from a doctor on this very task and why remaining clear is the most important thing you can do. What should you do when you’re entrusted to give someone...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Jan 29, 2019. 11 comments

How to Tell if You’re Dying, With Cardiologists Chris Kelly and Marc Eisenberg 

How to Tell if You’re Dying, With Cardiologists Chris Kelly and Marc Eisenberg 

We spend a lot of time worrying about death: our own, and the deaths of those we love. This week we look at our deeply held fears and assumptions about dying and see if we can’t lessen some of our anxiety about it.

Listen to The Upgrade above or find us in all the usual places where podcasts are served, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and NPR One. Please...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jan 29, 2019. 19 comments

How to Be Legally Buried at Sea 

How to Be Legally Buried at Sea 

Funerals are old news, thanks to a recent thread in Reddit. If you’re on the lookout for a splashy burial, this is how to accomplish it.

Over the weekend, Redditor Mike6575 discovered a conspicuous page on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website: a page devoted to the legal right to be buried at sea.

You Don't Have to Spend a Ton on a Funeral--Here's Why

As the director of Funeral...

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Alicia Adamczyk Alicia Adamczyk Jan 22, 2019. 12 comments

Read Obits in the Morning

Read Obits in the Morning
Wake Up WeekThis week, we're looking at what it really means to have the "perfect" morning, whether you start your day like a Soylent-chugging Silicon Valley CEO, or by rolling out of bed and straight out the door. Rise and shine.  

Lifehacker readers love a good to-do list list. We’re goal-oriented, and we like to feel a sense of accomplishment .

But what happens when you’re not making as much...

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Christine Burke Christine Burke Nov 21, 2018. 11 comments

How a Stuffed Animal Can Help Kids Grieve 

How a Stuffed Animal Can Help Kids Grieve 

When my father died suddenly six years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the waves of grief that washed over me in the aftermath of his death. In the midst of funeral preparations, I waded through decisions over flowers, services and gravestones as though in a fog. It was all I could do to keep it together as we went through the painful process of saying goodbye.

While my grief alone felt heavy and...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Nov 16, 2018. 6 comments

Write Your Eulogy to Figure Out Your Life

Write Your Eulogy to Figure Out Your Life

Humans spend a lot of their waking hours avoiding thoughts of our inevitable end. That’s probably for the best, since dwelling on your death is a morbid exercise. But, it turns out, it’s also a very useful thing to think about when trying to figure out your life.

Tech companies and CEOs have embraced a specific thought experiment as a way to decide what they’re doing next, wherein they write...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Oct 11, 2018. 13 comments

How Not to Fall Off a Cruise Ship

How Not to Fall Off a Cruise Ship

First of all, don’t believe it couldn’t happen. It could.

Every year, about 19 people fall to their deaths from cruise ships, according to a report from trade group Cruise Lines International Association. The Points Guy wrote about some things you can do to mitigate the possibility that you’ll be the man or woman overboard. It is fairly unlikely—about 24 million people take a cruise ship every...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Aug 14, 2018. 12 comments

How to Cope With Grief

How to Cope With Grief

Many wonder how to talk to someone who is going through a loss, how best to be supportive, and how to properly offer condolences. But when grief hits you, it’s not only painful, it’s extremely difficult to navigate through a range of new emotions.

Lifehacker spoke with Emily Adams, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy in San Francisco, who often...

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Alicia Adamczyk Alicia Adamczyk Jul 29, 2018. 5 comments

Credit Cards Still Charge Interest After You Die

Credit Cards Still Charge Interest After You Die

There’s a saying that you can’t take stuff with you when you die. And as far as your debts go, that’s because they keep accumulating here on earth.

In the case of credit cards, a deceased cardholder’s debt becomes the responsibility of their estate, and interest doesn’t stop accumulating immediately. If the person who died has a living co-signer, however, the debt becomes theirs, and obviously...

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