I think if your life situation has substantially changed..

having more children or a child with special needs, new spouse, starting a business, etc. could signal needing a new will. Whether you need a lawyer depends on how complicated your will could be and what your state requires. In Louisiana, you can do your own w/o a lawyer but it has to be in your own handwriting, contain your signature, and any two witnesses’ signatures. It should also be dated. We went a step further with my in-laws. We had them mail their wills to themselves and put it in a ziplock bag in the freezer — fire protection, LOL. Leaving the envelope in tact helps prove the date and validity of the will.

We just had to update our wills recently having bought out my dad’s business. We also had to update things regarding what happens if we outlive our dd, which is a possibility due to her health concerns. Due to business stuff and needing a trust to go in place concerning dd, we used a lawyer and he was worth every penny. Ours specializes in life’s end planning but he really wasn’t any more expensive than general practice lawyers.

If you do decide to go with a lawyer, ask around for references. We asked a friend–who happens to be a CPA–who he would recommend.

I did some checking and there are actually several different options for

plugging computers into TVs, depending on the age of the TV and what other equipment (DVDs, VHS players, tuners) a person has. I saw variations for HDMI, VGA and a few others. One interesting note, is that if folks have a tuner or DVD/VHS player which allows you to select an AUX channel, there are often jacks on the back of that unit which will take in signals from some auxiliary machine. The trick is to match up what output options the computer has (and there are several options) with which options that tuner or player has. Lots of acronyms to work through but there are converter boxes to go back and forth between most of them. Then whichever unit has the AUX channel, can feed it to the TV as long as it’s already able to feed signal to the TV.

So for instance, we have three “boxes” alongside our TV: a home theater system tuner, which has separate CD/DVD/VHS/AUX channels, a DVD/VHS player with no AUX options, and a second VHS player which accepts cable, antenna AND has an AUX channel plugin. The DVD player is plugged into the tuner’s AUX channel, so we can’t use that AUX channel. But the VHS player has its own VHS channel on the tuner. So we could plug the computer into the AUX channel on the VHS player, and go in that way. I have a few other details to work out but it looks like all the converter pieces are out there. I probably won’t get it done this week but hopefully soon after I return from my little trip down to see Mom. I’ll let everyone know what I came up with. But that AUX channel appears to be the key to working with existing systems that are more than a few years old.