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  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Mysteries of St. Louis Cemetery   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail St. Louis Cemetery #1 spans just one square block, but is the resting place of over 100,000 deceased people. Littered by the debris of crumbling, sun-bleached family tombs, and a labyrinth of narrow, twisting walkways, the necropolis of the St. Louis Cemetery is perhaps one of the most famous in New Orleans. Located just outside [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Sometimes Probate Should be Feared   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail It’s the scary campfire stories of post-funerals. It’s the bogeyman of the last will and testament. It’s a word that seems almost synonymous with horror, stress and aversion. It’s that legal process that oversees the collection, inventory of assets, liquidation of liabilities, payment of necessary taxes and the distribution of property to heirs after someone’s [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Simple Ways to Avoid Probate   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail 1. Setting up payable-on-death accounts: POD’s or payable-on-death is the process of making arrangements between a bank or credit provider and a client that designates beneficiaries to receive all the clients assets, which are transferred immediately upon the death of the client, bypassing probate court entirely. 2. Naming beneficiaries, including children, institutions and multiple beneficiaries: [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Executor Checklist   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail An executor should be someone who has no financial stake in the will and won’t create a conflict of interest. 1. Determine if probate is necessary: Depending on the size of the estate, it is important to decide if probate is necessary. 2. Decide if you need a lawyer: For estates with a number of properties, significant [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Disinheritance   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail There are many cases in which a person died without first drafting a will. When this happens, the assets are split among the heirs according to the laws of the state. Sometimes, assets are not given to the person intended, and while drafting a will allows you to decide who will receive which property, the [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: 12 Steps to Estate Planning Checklist   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail There are twelve key points to remember while estate planning. 1. Make a Will: When making a will, it is important to state who you want to inherit your property. This is where you will name a guardian to care for children in the event that something has happened to you and the other parent. 2. Consider [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Ancient Burial Suits   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail A jade burial suit found in the tomb of Liu Sheng consists of 2,498 jade plates of different sizes that are joined with gold threads of over 1,000 grams. It was completed by more than 100 craftsmen in over two years. Popular for 400 years before Cao Pi of the Three-Kingdoms Period imposed a ban [...]

  • Thumbnail From a distance, and in comparison to deaths in particular, the summer of 2009 was like any other, with one exception, the slew of celebrity deaths that followed. While these death clusters are not rare – with death occurring regularly and daily – the summer of 2009 earned the title of the Summer of Death , simply [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Thanatology: Death Education   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail The study of death and dying has given us many benefits which include grief counseling, hospices and palliative care. Derived from the Greek mythology of Thanatos, the daemon personification of death, thanatology is the academic study of dying, death and grief, and encompasses thoughts, feelings, attitudes, events and the psychological mechanisms of dealing with them. [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Reasons for Revoking a Will   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail While your will should be reviewed and changed on a regular basis in order to keep it current, it’s important to make revisions whenever your life encounters a big change which include: Life-changing events: – Marriage – Divorce – Birth or adoption of a child – Relocation to a new country, state or province (bearing in [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: A brief history of restorative arts   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail As early as 1200 BCE, the ancient Egyptians were practicing a range of restorative techniques on the emaciated features of the dead from filling the inside of the mouths with sawdust to improve hollowed cheeks to stuffing linen under the eyelids or replacing eyes with stones. They would continue this procedure, tending to any disability, [...]

  • Thumbnail It was in 1969 when two notable actors decided to make what would become a landmark counterculture film known as Easy Rider, which explored the tensions in the United States during the 1960s from the rise and fall of the hippie movement, to drug use and communal lifestyles. The basis of the movie sees the [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Death of 21st Century Models   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail The blitz of glamor, the strobe lighting of camera flashes, the walk along the runaway with the adorning eyes of spectators; the life of a model is one shrouded behind beauty and elegance, however, it is also one stalked with premature deaths, often in the form of eating disorders, suicide and drug overdoses. In the [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Inking The Memory Of A Loved One   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Heart tattoos represent love, life and vitality. With the prevalence of the alternative lifestyle and a resurgence in the popularity of tattoos in the last two decades, society has seen an influx of personal expressionism. No longer bound by inhibitions, people are turning to tattooing as an alternative form of expression and with it, an [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: 10 Worst Ways to Die   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Anyone who is a fan of horror movies or the sub-genres there within, whether it be the mythical snuff film, the popular torture porn, the cliche-driven slasher flick or the splatter- and gorefest movies of the East, then you’re already a veteran of the seemingly multiple facets of human death and demise – but for [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Life, Death and the Absurdity of it All   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Albert Camus compared the Myth of Sisyphus to the Human Condition and challenged the reader to face up to his/her mortality. “There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.” Albert Camus, French philosopher, writer and playwright developed contradicting conceptions of death early on [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Coffin-fuelled Ovens   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Whether you’re eating at home or in a restaurant, it is well known that Italians take their food seriously. From their rich flavorful cuisines stocked full of herbs like, oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary and sage to their many uses of cheese and the final touches of using the wood of coffins to heat their [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Losing Your Testamentary Capacity   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail At a certain point in our lives, we may possess and then lose testamentary capacity. This can either be temporary or permanently and can be caused by a number of conditions resulting in mental disability or mental incompetence, including mental illness, brain injury from physical trauma, or senile dementia. Some people may never have testamentary [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Mirror/Mutual and Joint Wills   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail With a joint or mirror will, couples decide how to mutually dispose of their property. Reciprocal/Mirror/Mutual and Joint Wills are contracts between two spouses to dispose of their property in a particular way. In the cases of mirror wills, which are designed by a couple who have designed their wills to be near identical, leaving, [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Circumstances Addressed by Statutory Wills   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail A statutory will can stop prevent family members from fighting over an estate. A statutory will comes into play when: 1. The person has no previous will before becoming incompetent, and intestacy will produce an undesirable result or a result the person would not have wanted. 2. A pre-existing will was revoked by marriage or [...]

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