As the media outlets have reported, we all appear to be fascinated by the death of Anna Nicole.  It’s like a horrible car accident on the highway:  we don’t want to look, but we can’t help ourselves.


In any event, things can be learned from this case, including:

  • Update Your Will.  Anna Nicole’s will was dated.  If she had updated it, the courts would have had a much better idea of how she wanted her affairs handled after her death.
  • Who Gets the Kids?  It is important to make a clear declaration as to your wishes with respect to who should care for the children in the event neither parent is alive. 
  • What’s Going to Happen to You?  Do you want to be cremated or buried?  Where do you want to be buried?  Make your wishes clear as to what is going to happen to you after you die.

It is so difficult to face your mortality.  But failing to do so could make your death even more traumatic for your loved ones.