“Somebody is going to have to organize your affairs and you can do it yourself or leave a mess for your family,” says the author of the book, Sally Balch Hurme. “It’s got to be done and somebody has got to do it. So be in control and do it yourself.”
A practical approach to tackling some of life’s most daunting decisions, the book was written to help attorneys, their clients and anyone interested in organizing his or her life alleviate the frustrations many families face when someone dies.
Hurme said, “I know there are lots of people who don’t know where to start in getting their stuff organized.” The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs is a perfect place to do it. The book includes 10 chapters, examining vital information that will be helpful in making informed decisions today and ensuring wishes will be known and carried out.
The book is assembled into three sections. Each chapter has a handy checklist to help gather and keep up-to-date information. The first section is used to record personal history, such as; work history, awards and legal documents (birth certificate, marriage license, etc). The next section could be utilized to organize financial information; banking accounts, real estate, investments, debts and wills. The third section helps to prepare advance directives, to address incapacitation and end-of-life care. The book includes numerous checklists, including ones to, catalog assets, plan final wishes and funeral arrangements, identify items to destroy, and draft letters to family and friends, among others. The book includes a CD with all the checklists so key information about preferences is readily accessible.
An elder law advocate, author Sally Balch Hurme is a lawyer and a project advisor with the AARP Health Education team. In her 20 years at AARP, she has advocated on a wide range of issues including consumer fraud, financial exploitation, elder abuse, surrogate decision making, advance care planning, predatory mortgage lending, healthcare fraud and financial security.
Title: The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs: A Guide to Family History, Financial Plans
and Final Wishes
Publisher: Senior Lawyers Division
Product Code: 5460208
Size: 7 x 10
Orders: 800.285.2221 or www.ababooks.org
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