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Most women think estate planning is boring, too technical, all about taxes, or somebody else's problem. Don't be one of them. Women tend to outlive men--so they end of either living with plans that they didn't prepare, find themselves without a plan when they need it most, or caring for someone with no plan at all.

Join me, Liza Hanks, and my fascinating guests for in-depth, relevant conversations about how to get your plans in order and why it matters to the people and organizations that you love the most. You'll find yourself engaged, curious and empowered to get the job done.

https://www.womenandwills.com

Women and Wills: Estate Planning. Expained‪.‬ Liza Hanks

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Most women think estate planning is boring, too technical, all about taxes, or somebody else's problem. Don't be one of them. Women tend to outlive men--so they end of either living with plans that they didn't prepare, find themselves without a plan when they need it most, or caring for someone with no plan at all.

Join me, Liza Hanks, and my fascinating guests for in-depth, relevant conversations about how to get your plans in order and why it matters to the people and organizations that you love the most. You'll find yourself engaged, curious and empowered to get the job done.

https://www.womenandwills.com

    Donate Your Brain to Science: The Brain Donor Project

    Donate Your Brain to Science: The Brain Donor Project

    Donate Your Brain To Science: Tish Hevel, Brain Donor Project





    In this episode of Women & Wills, Tish Hevel, CEO and Founder of the Brain Donor Project, explains why donating brain tissue for basic research is an incredible gift, helping researchers working to treat and cure neurological, neuropsychiatric, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as dementia and Parkinson’s.  Her father , Gene Armentrout (pictured above) wanted to donate his brain to science when he died in 2015. Back then, it wasn’t easy. This inspired Tish to create the Brain Donor Project, which works with the NeuroBioBank of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to make it easy for people to register in advance and arrange for brain donation upon death.


    The donation of one brain will provide tissue for dozens, sometimes hundreds, of neurological studies. There is no cost to the family of the decedent, and a family can receive, upon request, a comprehensive report on the neuropathology of the donated brain. This report can provide answers for the relatives of the donor that may not have been answerable without a post-mortem examination.


    Anyone over the age of 18 can donate their brain, and healthy brains are needed too. The Brain Donor Project makes it easy.


    To find out more: braindonorproject.org


    To learn more about brain donation: https://neurobiobank.nih.gov/donors-how-become-donor/


     


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    Caregiver: A Love Story

    Caregiver: A Love Story

     


    In this episode of Women & Wills, Dr. Jessica Zitter, the producer and Director of the new movie, Caregiver: a love story talks about the crisis in family caregiver burden and how the movie she thought she was making, about the hospice experience of Bambi, a  59-year old woman, who decided to die at home under hospice care, became instead the story of how her husband, Rick, became her primary caregiver, and the toll it took on him.


    In a verité fashion, the film takes you inside Rick’s journey as the caregiver, and highlights the issues faced by the 53 million non-professional caregivers working double-time and for free in jobs that they are completely untrained for.


    If you are already a family caregiver, or are anticipating becoming one, listen to our conversation about family caregiver burden, what hospice can, and can’t do, and how to plan ahead for managing a truly difficult, but almost universal, experience.


    To find out more about Caregiver: a love story, visit https://caregiveralovestory.com


    To find out more about resources for family caregivers,  visit https://caregiveralovestory.com/resources


     


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    DIY Estate Planning for the Pandemic

    DIY Estate Planning for the Pandemic

     

    If you are stuck at home and without basic legal documents, listen up. In the spirit of offering what I can to help people gain some piece of mind amidst the panic and uncertainty of the pandemic, here are some resources that you can use to get the basics in order, for now.
    Although none of the documents I’m discussing take the place of a comprehensive estate plan, they are all good things to have. And most of them are documents that you can put in place with minimal or no expense as long as you have access to the internet, a printer, and some cooperative neighbors willing to stay six feet away while you sign them. Once you do sign them, place them in a safe place, let your loved ones know where to find them in case you do get sick, and then, please, go out and take a walk.
    Advance Health Care Directives
    An Advance Health Care Directive, also known as a Health Care Proxy or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care  and Living Will in some states, appoints people to act as your Agents to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself.  
    Here is a downloadable Advance Health Care Directive form for California that follows the California Probate Code’s statutory form.
    The AARP offers free, downloadable Advance Directives for all fifty states here:
    The California Hospital Association offers a free downloadable form for California here.
    If you are a Kaiser member, Kaiser Permanente offers a downloadable form here.
    If you would like to learn more about end of life planning and palliative care, please listen to Dr. Jessica Zitter’s interview on my podcast, Life Death Law. She has so much to say about how to be prepared, who to choose as your Agent, and how to negotiate a vist to the ICU.
    DNR and POLST forms
    A DNR Order tells emergency medical personnel that you don’t want CPR or other measures, such as intubation, if your heart stops beating. This form, however, needs to be signed by a doctor to be valid, so it’s not exactly a DIY resource. Still, if you are concerned, please do contact your doctor or local Health Department to find out how to get this in place.
    A POLST form, which is often printed on bright pink paper, is another medical order that is similar to, but broader than, a DNR Order. The name stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment and it is exactly that — a medically binding order that states what you do, and don’t, want at end of life. 
    For more information about POLST forms, you can go here.
    Durable Power of Attorney
    A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document that names Agents who can act for you financially, doing things such as writing checks on your behalf, paying your bills, managing your investments, withdrawing assets from your retirement accounts, and paying your taxes. 
    California offers a simple Durable Power of Attorney as part of its Probate Code.  You can find this many places, but here’s one link.
    Wills
    A Will is the last on my list of basic estate documents that everyone should have. If you don’t write one, each state has a set of rules that will determine who will get your property at death (called the laws of intestate succession)  and a judge will have to appoint guardians for your minor children without any input from you. 
    So, how can you make a Will right now, if you can’t leave the house? I have three suggestions:
    If you live in California, you can download a simple fill-in-the-blank form offered for free by the State Bar Association here. If you want to do a more customized Will, and you can afford to pay 89.99, you can use WillMaker, software that uses a question and answer format to produce Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives for all states, except Louisiana. You can download Quicken WillMaker and Trust 2020. You can create an Online Will for $59.99 at Nolo.com for all states except Louisana.

    Modern Loss: Rebecca Soffer

    Modern Loss: Rebecca Soffer

     

    In this episode of Life/Death/Law, Rebecca Soffer, the CEO and co-founder of Modern Loss, shares the insights she's gained from starting a ground-breaking website, Modern Loss, publishing a wonderful new book, Modern Loss: Candid conversations about grief. Beginner's Welcome, and hosting a national series of live storytelling events that discuss grief and loss in honest, vivid, and, above all, human,terms. Rebecca, and her co-founder and co-author, Gabrielle Birkner, both suffered loss at a young age, felt the isolation that comes with that, and decided to create a community to destigmatize grief and loss.
    If you, or someone you love, is dealing with profound loss, Modern Loss offers community, great advice, and a place to share, in their own words, "the unspeakably taboo, unbelievably hilarious, and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of navigating your life after a death."
    Here's what Modern Loss isn't: too clinical, overtly religious, patronizing, or cheesy. Instead, it offers well-written personal essays, tons of resources for the confused, links to relevant articles and a way to connect with others who understand what it means to survive loss. I loved my conversation with Rebecca, you will too. Enjoy!
    Click here to find out more about Modern Loss.
    Click here to find out more about Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.

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    BJ Miller: A Beginner's Guide to the End

    BJ Miller: A Beginner's Guide to the End

     

    In this episode of Life/Death/Law, Dr. BJ Miller shares insights from his new book, A Beginner's Guide to the End. Written with co-author Shoshana Berger, the book is practical, detailed, surprisingly funny and always completely honest. From what to bring with you to the hospital (your favorite quilt, your phone charger, pictures from home), to how to tell your boss that you are really sick, to how to cultivate sex and intimacy in the face of serious illness, this is a guide for both the sick and their caretakers.
    Dr. Miller is a hospice and palliative care physician, practicing at UC San Francisco, and the former Executive Director of the Zen Hospice Project, so he knows, first hand, what he's talking about. He wrote the book, he told me, because he saw, over and over again, how people were suffering unnecessarily for lack of basic information.
    But A Beginner's Guide isn't just a set of nuts and bolts instructions, it is also a wise and thoughtful guide to what's most important to people facing critical illness and those who care for them. Here's how Dr. Miller puts it, "In a nutshell, probably the biggest takeaway is that love matters...when a person watches their life come to a close, everything else falls away and it turns out that something as easy as love is so often the only thing that matters."
    Click here to find out more about A Beginner's Guide to the End.
     

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    Burnout - Emily and Amelia Nagoski

    Burnout - Emily and Amelia Nagoski

    Emily Nagoski, PhD,  and her sister Amelia Nagoski, DMA, authors of the new book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, know all about accomplishment -- Emily is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Come as You Are: the surprising new science that will transfrom your sex life, and Amelia is a professor of music and a classical conductor. They also know, first hand, about the feelings of emotional overwhelm and exhaustion that can come with that accomplishment, so they wrote a book about how to overcome it.
    Death and dying are incredibly stressful moments in a family's life and many women are the caretakers for the old and sick. I asked Emily and Amelia to be on Life/Death/Law because feelings of overwhelm, trying to control the uncontrollable, and feeling isolated and sad are so common for the people that I work with--I think Burnout is a must read for just about everyone.
    In this episode of Life/Death/Law, join us for a long-ranging discussion of why women experience burnout differently than man do, and some simple things that you can do to minimize stress, manage your emotions and live your life with resilience and joy. (You will also find out why babies love to be bounced!)
    Forget about slavishly meeting everyone else's expectations or feeling inadequate when you can't manage the impossible! Instead, Emily and Amelia speak eloquently about how to manage the body's stress cycle and why rest and human connection are the key to recovering your inner strength and to managing difficult circumstances with compassion and grace.
    To learn more about Burnout, go here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com
    To learn more about Emily and Amelia Nagoski, to here:https://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/amelia-emily-nagoski
    To learn more about Emily Nagoski, go to www.emilynagoski.com
     
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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

SheilaAstro ,

Practical, profound and engaging

Great podcast, making tough topics accessible in a way that makes one want to actually take action as well as think more deeply.

Watwasat ,

Doesnt offer enough info on estate planning

While a great podcast for managing end of life emotionally, i was looking for more advice on actually setting up an estate plan. I am a married father of three with four gkids and am really struggling with the best way to leave our various assetts. I was looking for advice and pitfalls to avoid in setting up trusts and assigning beneficiaries but did not find it here. I love the personal touch and sensitivity brought up here but was looking for more guidance and info on mechanics.

Alex Pedersen ,

Smart, accessible, downright enjoyable

Like listening to two intelligent friends talking about something important in an accessible and inviting way. Will listen to this every time!

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