Kent Larsson writes about the proper use of wills, advance directives, trusts, and other estate planning tools, and how how they play a vital role in you receiving proper medical care and helping you to preserve and pass on your assets to your loved ones.
The cremated remains of an Arizona woman's father were stolen off her porch, after the package containing them was left there by a postal worker.
Every December the major news outlets can be counted on to run three specific stories at least once.
The first one is that carriers are having problems delivering a high volume of packages during the Christmas season. The second story is that carriers are leaving packages at people's doors without knocking, even when the packages require signatures for delivery. The third inevitable story is that thieves are stealing the hastily delivered packages from people's porches.
These three stories have combined this year into a very unusual story reported by Fox News and titled "Ashes of woman's father stolen from front porch of Arizona home, reward offered."
A thief in Arizona stole a package that contained the cremated remains of an Arizona woman's father rather than a Christmas present. The package was left there by a postal worker, even though a signature was required.
The postal service is investigating the incident and has offered a $10,000 reward for information. The woman would just like the ashes back, so she can take them to her brother in California.
If this unusual story has any sort of lesson, it might be that it is not a good idea to ship a loved one's ashes at this time of year, if at all possible.
Reference: Fox News (Dec. 18, 2017) "Ashes of woman's father stolen from front porch of Arizona home, reward offered."
People forgotten by history get stories told by brothers who visit their graves.
Brothers who banter about the lives of some people forgotten by history could soon be coming to your television, according to The New York Times in "Like 'Car Talk,' but With Dead People."
New York brothers Vincent and Robert Gardino are taking their unusual hobby to developing a television show for PBS that will feature the two of them visiting the graves of people all over the country. The proposed name for the show is "Grave Trippers."
The brothers have developed a lively banter, when they visit these graves and discuss the lives of the deceased between themselves.
While at first glance, this might not sound like an interesting show, the brothers are being compared to the brothers on NPR’s Car Talk.
If their banter is that lively and entertaining, this show could be a good watch for anyone interested in history and the lives of people in the past.
It should also have plenty of discussion about the historical graves themselves and presumably what happened to the people's possessions when they passed away, if there is anything interesting about the estates.
Reference: New York Times (Sep. 21, 2017) "Like 'Car Talk,' but With Dead People."
Prenuptial agreements protect assets. However, sometimes they are planned to prevent certain behaviors.
Prenuptial agreements are set up to equalize assets such as when one or both parties enter the marriage with children from a previous relationship. It is an agreement that is arranged so the couple come to terns with potential issues beforehand.
However, some people try to do more with prenuptial agreements, according to Market Watch in "Prenuptial agreements contain more bizarre 'lifestyle' clauses."
Prenuptial agreements are now being used to guard against undesired behavior by future spouses.
For example, some agreements now penalize a spouse for cursing, gaining too much weight or hanging out with friends too much.
The problem with these agreements, besides the obvious who would want to marry someone with those types of demands, is their enforceability.
Courts have a tendency to look at agreements as being serious, as well as being fair and beneficial to the parties involved.
Reference: Market Watch (Sep. 9, 2017) "Prenuptial agreements contain more bizarre 'lifestyle' clauses."