Jo's Bio

A Des Moines native, Jo Kline Cebuhar is a graduate of Iowa State University and Drake Law School. She spent her legal career as the owner and operator of Iowa's first real estate closing company, Iowa Escrow, and its premier "1031 Exchange" qualified intermediary agency, Iowa Exchange. But it was her service as volunteer chair of Iowa's largest hospice that prompted Jo to begin writing about the legal issues surrounding death and dying and the meaning of legacy.

Her writing includes The practical guide to Health Care Advance Directives (2015 Edition), which is an update of her 2006 award-winning book, Last things first just in case; SO GROWS THE TREE - Creating an Ethical Will; and her 2014 novel EXIT, set in a small-town hospice. In her 2012 guide to Footprint Philanthropy, Whose big idea was that?, Jo shared the value-inspired histories of America's greatest charities. Most recently, Jo has created a unique and comprehensive Health Care Advance Directive, in both Multistate and Iowa versions.

Former co-host of WHO Radio's "Credit Show," Jo has been featured in print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, Reader's Digest and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A regular contributor to the Des Moines Register, her work has been featured online at the Huffington Post and LifeZette.  Jo lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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