The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon was a philanthropist and animal lover who gave millions and millions of dollars to various organizations, especially after he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012. PETA's headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, is named after Simon, as is a 182-foot ship used by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Simon died earlier this year, at which time the Sam Simon Foundation was established by a trust he had set up. The Foundation is now under fire for not continuing to support Simon's pet causes, including the MY Sam Simon and his dog, Columbo, a rescued Cane Corso, "a mastiff breed that some people consider a pit bull on steroids" whose care may cost more than $140,000 a year.
Deathhacks: Tech tips for people who are going to die (someday) Jessamyn West (Mefi's own) describes the challenges that came with being executrix of her father's estate, and his house.
As with other human beings, the chances of an artist becoming deceased increase with age. In the unlikely event of your demise, have you thought about what would happen to your art? ArtBusiness.com has thought about this unlikely event in Artist Tips: Checklist for Planning Your Art Estate. [more inside]
Google has announced a new feature called Inactive Account Manager "that makes it easy to tell Google what you want done with your digital assets when you die or can no longer use your account."
Get Your Shit Together helps you do what it says on the tin. After her husband died in a 2009 bike accident, Chanel Reynolds created the site as a step-by-step toolkit to help keep track of important life documents and tasks. Four days after its launch, the New York Times got in on the action. [more inside]
Tombstone ATM doles out inheritance to heirs in weekly $300 chunks.