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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, April 29, 2005

Grim Reaper Parties

In yesterday's USA Today (April 28, 2005), an almost full-page story discusses the popularity of living will or "grim reaper" parties.  These parties, similar to Tupperware and lingerie parties, are designed to assist people prepare living wills and related documents.

The article even provides guidelines on how to host such a party.  The recommendations include to:

  1. Invite adult family members and neighbors.
  2. Consider having guests bring a covered dish for a "pot luck" meal.
  3. Have extra copies of the forms available so attendees may bring copies to individuals who could not attend.
  4. Arrange for a facilitator or expert (doctor or lawyer) to attend.
  5. Comply with state law formalities such as witnessing and/or notarization.


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