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FTC proposes new guidelines for collecting debt from dead people

FTC proposes new guidelines for collecting debt from dead people
By Ylan Q. Mui for the Washington Post Monday, November 22, 2010 The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to revise the protocol surrounding two of life's touchiest subjects: debt and death. Debt collection has become an increasingly controversial practice as more Americans default on loan payments. Government data show the ...
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Credit Card Debt That Outlives Mom

Credit Card Debt That Outlives Mom
By SHERISSE PHAM for the New York Times MARCH 10, 2011 8:00 AM March 10, 2011 8:00 am Following a recent post on the rising levels of credit card debt among the elderly, several readers raised an important question: What happens when borrowers die? Do they take their credit card balances to the grave, ...
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Dying With Debt: Will Your Children Inherit Your Obligations?

Dying With Debt: Will Your Children Inherit Your Obligations?
By Jim T. Miller, Syndicated columnist, NBC Today contributor and creator of SavvySenior.org 04/11/2012 03:11 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2012 Dear Savvy Senior What happens to a person’s debt after they die? At age 78, I have accumulated quite a bit of credit card and medical debt over the past few years ...
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Where is Death with Dignity legal in the U.S.?

Where is Death with Dignity legal in the U.S.?
Updated 1/19/17 The Death with Dignity National Center has long been working on laws to allow the dying more control of their death and end-of-life decisions. These laws allow terminally-ill, able-minded state residents to request and receive prescription medication to hasten their death. Within the United States, Death with Dignity laws ...
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Cremation by Water

Cremation by Water
In a 12-minute video, TIME on YouTube explained to the audience about an increasingly popular cremation alternative. It is still cremation in the end, except instead of using fire to cremate the body, it is water. Cremation rates are rising within the U.S., and researchers expect the number to see ...
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Getting Buried at Arlington Cemetery May Take Forever

Getting Buried at Arlington Cemetery May Take Forever
Don R. Sykes was killed in Vietnam on Aug. 12, 1969. Ten days later he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His widow, Lorraine Tharp, isn’t eligible to be buried with Sykes because she remarried, but her current husband is a Vietnam veteran, and she thought they would both be ...
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Ask a Mortician: Alkaline Hydrolysis

Ask a Mortician: Alkaline Hydrolysis
Alkaline hydrolysis, otherwise known as flameless cremation, or liquid cremation, or water-based cremation, or even green cremation, is the process of liquefying the body after death. The 10-12 hour process combines pressure, heat, and lye to help dissolve the body. Some benefits of alkaline hydrolysis is the lowered impact it ...
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Death with Dignity Gains More Attention, Meaning More Control for End-Of-Life Decisions

Death with Dignity Gains More Attention, Meaning More Control for End-Of-Life Decisions
Death with Dignity, a movement to give the dying more control of their end-of-life care and decisions, has been gaining more media attention as of late. The Death with Dignity National Center advocates for mentally competent adults given six months or fewer to live the option to request medication from ...
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New Jersey Assembly approves death with dignity bill

New Jersey Assembly approves death with dignity bill
By JESSICA FIRGER CBS NEWS November 13, 2014, 7:03 PM Lawmakers in New Jersey passed a bill Thursday that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. The Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act passed the state Assembly 41 to 31, although it's not clear if the state Senate will ...
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Brittany Maynard, 29-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer, Explains Why She’s Delaying Ending Her Life

Brittany Maynard, 29-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer, Explains Why She’s Delaying Ending Her Life
10/30/2014 11:36 am ET Amanda L. Chan Managing Editor, Healthy Living Brittany Maynard, who moved with her family to Oregon to access the state’s Death With Dignity law after being given a terminal cancer diagnosis, has decided to delay ending her life, she announced in a video posted on her website Thursday. ...
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