- Tuesday, 22 January 2019 21:49
Newtown police chief, Tom Synan, was featured in a video on USA Today’s sitea about his work on the front line combating opioid addiction and treating it as an illness and not as a crime. I am honored to call him a friend.
Photo credit: USA Today (actually it is a video)
License: Fair Use/Education (from the linked article)
- Tuesday, 20 November 2018 17:33
Verne Troyer is the actor famous for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies. He committed suicide by alcohol poisoning in April. After ingesting the alcohol, he called 911 and told dispatchers he wanted to die. He was rushed to the hospital but died 3 weeks later. He left an estate valued at $150K. Just recently the hospital which treated him filed a claim against his estate for $360K.
Three small points:
1. In Ohio, a creditor has six months from the date of death to file a claim for payment against the estate. If the claim is not made, the estate does not have to pay the debt.
2. Debts must be paid before the beneficiaries receive any assets. Troyer’s heirs will not receive anything from his estate.
3. If there are insufficient assets to pay debts, the debts die with the decedent. The heirs are not responsible for them.
4. No snark when someone commits suicide.
Photo Credit: REX/Shutterstock
License: Fair Use/Education (from linked article)
- Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:42
At the risk of becoming CNN and MSNBC and reporting all President Trump all of the time, Stormy Daniels released a memoir last week titled “Full Disclosure
. ” I could not care less about her relationship with President Trump 12 years ago, but I am interested in her describing her recording her “last will.” After the Wall Street Journal reported the existence of her non-disclosure agreement with President Trump, Daniels received threats which caused her to describe on video her insurance policy and her wishes with respect to the distribution of her assets.
A few points:
1. Most wills must be written and witnessed.
2. Oral wills are not recognized in most states.
3. Ohio only recognizes oral wills made upon one’s deathbed and written down within 10 days.
4. Sad that an attorney who wants to become President represents a woman who cannot properly prepare a will.
Photo Credit: St. Martin’s
License: Fair Use/Education (cover of book discussed)
- Tuesday, 10 June 2014 21:05
Taking a break from newsworthy death related issues, I found this interesting piece on causes of death by state. If you do not want to read it, I will tell you that the most likely cause of death for Ohioans is heart disease, that we are disproportionately affected by diabetes, and that we have a higher than average rate of deaths from cancer, respiratory and kidney diseases, strokes, and Alzheimer’s.
1. Ohio is a cauldron of death. It is not for estate tax reasons that people move to Florida.
2. Bonus points for knowing the meaning of Septicemia (disproportionately represented in Texas and other Southern states).
3. Casey Kasem is doomed. His family should not have moved him to Washington which is disproportionately represented by deaths from Alzheimer’s disease.