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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Article Review: Memento Mori: Death and Wills

RIPAvi Z. Kestenbaum has written a review on Karen J. Sneddon’s article entitled, Memento Mori: Death and Wills. Provided below is an introduction to the review:

While the process of estate planning should, by its very nature, include the contemplation of our mortality and personal legacy, it often doesn’t. In fact, despite modern society’s general fascination with death and affinity for all things macabre—like zombies and vampires—the personal estate-planning process and documents, such as wills, often are designed to avoid the direct mention of death. This fascinating article delves deeply into society’s changing feelings throughout history regarding the topic of death and our personal reflections when facing it. Moreover, the article advocates a greater emphasis on properly contemplating, reflecting on and embracing the concepts of death and our personal legacies during the estate-planning process, while using candid language regarding death, which will, in turn, make the estate-planning process more of a transformative and genuine experience.

For the rest of the review, see Avi Z. Kestenbaum, Review of Reviews: “Memento Mori: Death and Wills,” 14 Wyoming L. Rev. 211 (2014), Wealth Management, July 24, 2014. 

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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