2012

 

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Technology

Planning for Passwords and Other Digital Assets

Eva Kripke held a power of attorney for her husband, who had been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, a disease affecting cognition, movement, and emotions. She man- aged his online bank account with Bank of America for several years until she was informed that she had the wrong password. Although she was able to answer a series of questions on the site, including her husband’s Social Security number, she could not answer questions about the numbers on his Bank of America credit card—which she had cut up because her husband could no longer use it.

Elder

Oh Father, Where Art Thou?

He died the day before my final exams. I was in a race against the clock, poring over my case notes, when the phone rang and a disembodied voice at the hospital said, “Mr. Fry expired at three-fifteen this afternoon.” The next morning, adrift in a mad sea of law students, I stared blankly at the exam book as my classmates wrote feverishly. I had come back to the law college in my hometown to be with my father at the end. It was winter 1964. Now, as I look back through the haze of so many years, I also see myself—a lawyer in his eighth decade trying to remember a man he may never have known.

Technology

How to Talk to Grandchildren: Abbreviations for Texting, Tweeting, and Other Internet Communications

After I finished a recent presentation on the subject of social media, a colleague in attendance confidentially told me that he had no idea what we were talking about when the panel discussion turned to popular Internet abbreviations such as OMG, PITA, and WTF. My colleague’s candor gave me the idea for an article as an aid to other similarly situated colleagues.