Merrell and Krystal discuss Death with Dignity Statutes, and their concerns as estate planners. What about pressures on the elderly? How young is too young for a young adult trying to arrive at such a decision?


States with Death with Dignity Statutes

Colorado Medical Aid in Dying Statistics

Me Before You, a book by Jojo Moyes


:40 Introduction, Death with Dignity Statutes

1:21 A 17 year old girl in Belgium who used legal assisted suicide to end her life after rape

1:43  Elderly clients under pressure from children to use aid in dying laws?

2:28  States that have these laws and their various names (Medical Aid and Dying, End of Life Options Act, Death with Dignity Act, Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act, :  Colorado; California; Hawaii; New Jersey effective August 2019; Oregon; Vermont; Washington; and Washington, D.C.; and Montana rules that nothing prevents a doctor from prescribing meds that would end a patient’s life.

3:28 Colorado’s laws and hurdles

4:55 Vulnerability with elderly clients feeling pressured to die sooner than would be natural, and undue influence

6:21 What if you don’t have a diagnosis?

6:52 If the aid and dying statute is used, the death certificate shows that they died of their condition, or inanation

7:30 Merrell discusses her mother’s own decision to stop eating (where death with dignity was not an option)

9:06 As practioners, Krystal and Merrell discuss the difference that knowing of a terminal diagnosis makes in the counsel they feel comfortable offering.

12:03 Outlook for other states, being a resident of a state in order to take advantage of these kinds of statutes

13:00 Me Before You, the book about the Englishman who went to Sweden to take advantage of their laws

14:03 Discussing this option with clients



If you feel a little overwhelmed by the number of advance directives to consider and how they’re similar and dissimilar, this episode of Tax Boss will help! We discuss DNR orders, physicians orders for life-saving treatment, healthcare surrogates, living wills, and the difference between all of them. We also discuss why you may want to consider naming different people in each case.


Advance Care Directives


1:48 DNR – what it is and what it isn’t

4:36 What is included in a Healthcare Surrogate document?

7:09 Having conversations with the people you’ve named – what you’d like them to know that they may not know

8:00 The Living Will document and choosing who you’d want to have your back

10:30 The Terry Schiavo case and definition of artificial life support

12:14 Three different paths of the Living Will in Florida

12:53 The P.O.L.S.T or Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

18:25 Medicare and skilled nursing facilities

19:40 Dealing with statements like, “You must not love your father if you won’t let me treat him.”


Weddings and funerals are two of the most stressful occasions we may encounter and they both require that you throw a party, too. Krystal and Merrell discuss information necessary to complete funeral home paperwork and why decisions made ahead of time really pay off, in many ways.


Estate Planning and Funeral Arrangement Resources from Your Caring Law Firm


2:10 Three questions asked by a mortuary for a death certificate

3:10 Naming an independent fiduciary to handle the passing of a loved one

5:30 Disposition of Human Remains document

8:00 Consider pre-paying if you think there will be a disagreement

9:45 Pre-planning pays off in a time of shock and sorry