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CRZ
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Like a lot things that get me thinking, this one started with an IM:

15:18:30 Ryder Fakin: have you made your plans? (that means leaving all yer dough to ME) http://www.sun-sentinel.com/​news/​palm-​beach/​fl-​terri-​schiavo-​anniversary-​20100330,0,459971.story

Of course, I slavishly click on any link FLEA sends me, but that doesn't mean YOU have to:

    Originally posted by AP
    Five years after Terri Schiavo’s death, impact on end-of-life plans minimal
    The Associated Press

    7:24 a.m. EDT, March 30, 2010

    Five years after Terri Schiavo's high-profile death, there's little indication that Americans are heeding lessons from her case and filling out advance directives.

    In the months surrounding the Florida woman's death five years ago Wednesday, there was a notable spike in people putting their own end-of-life wishes in writing in hopes of averting such a protracted family fight.

    But experts say that today, just 20 percent to 30 percent of U.S. adults have advance directives, the same range as before the Schiavo case. Even in polls of older adults, who fill out such forms at higher rates, there is little if any change.


So the ONE QUESTION in this thread is right here: Have YOU put YOUR wishes down somewhere should you end up plugged in?

I know that my parents have done it, and certain other family members' recent activity in... health arenas definitely are serving as pokes to get me to do this myself, but to answer my own question: no, I have nothing in writing yet. Kim probably knows what to do with me should something come up, but I haven't asked her lately how that would go down, and like the rest of you I have no great desire to bring up uncomfortable subjects when I can avoid them. Also, I'm 38 and invincible and will never die. (So now I'm expecting a heart attack in the morning. THANKS FLEA)

Optionally, you are free to share WHAT your plans might happen to be...or not! I promise you I don't care either way... unless you start politic-in' it up, in which case I will end-of-life your participation in this thread. ;-)

(edited by CRZ on 30.3.10 1540)


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No, but now that I think about it, I should probably come up with a new beneficiary for my life insurance benefit at work (since the current listed beneficiary has been dead for 2 years...)
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Also, I'm 38 and invincible and will never die. (So now I'm expecting a heart attack in the morning. THANKS FLEA)

Optionally, you are free to share WHAT your plans might happen to be...or not! I promise you I don't care either way... unless you start politic-in' it up, in which case I will end-of-life your participation in this thread. ;-)


Shit. For some reason I thought you would be 40 this year, months before me, and now I have to NOT CROAK to see it

Re: your heart attack - Flea Advice - Work Hard, Play Hard and Wake Up Hard. No worries. There you go

Re: "politic-in' it up...end-of-life your participation in this thread." Grazi

Plans - you (not just CRZ) have to do it. If not for your family, but to keep your $ out of the hands of the lawyers and courts

I'm don't support many causes these days, but I'm all in for this one - if only to see YOU not get fucked. And maybe because I can pimp this without donating, which means more for those that are on my list!

FLEA




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Since: 21.8.03
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I have a registered Will but that currently is still bequeathing everything to my ex wife, so I probably should fix that at some stage. (Unless I rack up huge debts first, heh heh). I turn 38 tomorrow, but I had a tarot reading a few weeks ago and they told me that I would live a long life and have the constitution of a feral pig, so I've got time right? Right...

I also have a medical power of attorney (As compared to the general one) that has the power to turn me off should that be an option. This person is my sister and she knows that if I'm that fucked up, just pull the plug.

I probably need to communicate my preferences for after life details, such as bury vs cremation, etc. I figure there's enough landfill in the place without me adding to it, so fire up the toaster. Also has the added benefit of not requiring somebody to dig me up and burn my bones in the event I decide to come back to do some haunting.

Ashes? No idea. Prefer not to sit on a mantelpiece in an urn because that's just morbid.

A friend of mine died a few years back - no will - and it was a huge imbuggerance for her husband. There were no problems with families or anything being contested. Everyone was fine with everything being left to her widower, but it took months to get everything through the legal system. Shit that he just didn't need.
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yep. Simple will, POA and medical POA - all Legal zoom.com

haven't prepaid my funeral or anything yet. The wife and I are bennes of each other, the kids next. Our kids are adults, so nothing there.



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My assumption has been that Lise gets everything that isn't requesting a next of kin from me due to our marriage. Hopefully that's close enough. I should probably look into this more.

I know she's on my 401k. Not sure about Etrade. She is on the insurance.





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I have a living will (some stock form) which I've signed. It says that I shouldn't be kept alive if there's no reasonable chance of coming back to a decent quality of life, and that my organs can be given to whoever might need them.

I probably got the form from my mom. She used to write wills for a living (and now is a VP at that company) so a form like that is the kind of thing that would get passed around.

I have two life insurance policies - one my dad took out when I was born, and one through work. One is payable to my dad and one to my mom (they're divorced) and I have told my mom that I want the cheapest possible funeral with no burial plot - cremate me and toss me wherever - and the leftover money should go towards a big f'n party. Not sure if this would actually happen, but I suppose it wouldn't matter to me either way.

I don't have an actual will made. Not married, no kids, so haven't bothered. But if all goes according to plan, I'll be buying a house and moving in with my girlfriend before the end of the year, so I will have to get a real will, and change the beneficiaries on my life insurance policies.



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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    My assumption has been that Lise gets everything that isn't requesting a next of kin from me due to our marriage. Hopefully that's close enough. I should probably look into this more.

    I know she's on my 401k. Not sure about Etrade. She is on the insurance.



You should probably make a list of everything and not just hope I remember to look on mint if you croak.
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Since: 3.10.02
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This got me thinking. I know I had a medical POA with my dad as the one deciding what my care would be. I had a will that left everything to my sister to decide. (my ex wife didn't like either of those choices when I made them during our marriage) Now that I am remarried, I need to have both redone.

I get a headstone and burial plot through the VA, so I don't have to worry about that.
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    Originally posted by KJames199
    I have told my mom that I want the cheapest possible funeral with no burial plot - cremate me and toss me wherever - and the leftover money should go towards a big f'n party. Not sure if this would actually happen, but I suppose it wouldn't matter to me either way.


I'm not sure how it is in Canada, but I know that if you're an organ donor,(at least in Illinois), you get a free cremation afterwards. So you may want to look into that.

I have nothing of value, so my end of life plans are nil.



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Burn me up, toss my ashes into the wind above a ski run and then ski me into the ground. Getting mixed into a sandtrap at Augusta would be pretty cool too. Wife gets everything and then the kids. Small donations to a few charities too.

(edited by dunkndollaz on 31.3.10 0956)


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    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    Burn me up, toss my ashes into the wind above a ski run and then ski me into the ground. Getting mixed into a sandtrap at Augusta would be pretty cool too. Wife gets everything and then the kids. Small donations to a few charities too.

    (edited by dunkndollaz on 31.3.10 0956)


You see all us old people have this stuff written down. Once you have kids, you especially need to document what you want to happen, because it can get really screwed up.




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