Letters: An estate planning primer

Jul 13, 2012
This week's letter segments tackles questions for the senior set.

Federal student loans at death

Apr 30, 2012
I've got a fair amount of student loans. I've also got a good job as a college professor, and I will be able to pay them off eventually. But I'm concerned about my wife. If something should happen, do student loans transfer to a spouse or do they stick with me? Rudolf, Providence, RI

The hard decision

Feb 17, 2012
One of the toughest decisions a pet owner has to make is how and when to end an animal's life. Tess talks with pet owners and a vet about balancing the cost of life and death.
Tess Vigeland's dogs: Ronan, left, and Kiara.
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How to plan for passing away

Jan 18, 2012
It isn't always an easy subject, but what are the best ways to plan ahead for your funeral, and the money you leave behind?

So long cremation, hello liquefaction.

Aug 31, 2011
A Florida funeral home debuts the Resomator, which "uses heated alkaline water to dissolve bodies in about three hours." It's said to be more...

You guys you guys you guys: Jetpack news!

May 31, 2011
So a new jetpack designed by New Zealanders has started doing some test runs. It tackles a central problem that every jetpack builder has faced:...

Thoughts on digital life after death

Jun 28, 2010
We asked people in the Public Insight Network about whether they've thought about what to do with their online lives after they die.  Here are...

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