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A Family Guide to Wills, Funerals, and Probate

This seems to be a must-read book for all who wish to protect their family from probate expenses and paperwork, death taxes, disability, or conflict of family members after death.

Book Review by Dorito

A Family Guide to Wills, Funerals, & Probate How to protect Yourself and Your Survivors

by Theodore Hughes and David Klein

When people die without planning, relatives are forced to work out expensive funeral plans and complicated financial plans in a state of grief. This is a classic book for planning

Few people want to plan for their own death. Yet when people die without planning, relatives are forced to work out expensive funeral plans and complicated financial plans in a state of grief. Don’t let this happen to your family by

  • Making end-of-life health care decisions yourself before the event..

  • Managing the transfer of your assets to  your survivors as efficiently as possible.
  • Preparing methods to deal with your bodily remains in a manner that you and your survivors feel is appropriate.

This seems to be a must-read book for all who wish to protect their family from probate expenses and paperwork, death taxes, disability, or conflict of family members after death.

The book contains multiple forms you can use as is or adapt to your situation such as

  • Will
  • Holographic Will
  • Estate Planning Questionnaire
  • Revocable Living Trust
  • Limited Financial Powere of Attorney
  • General Fanancial Power of Attorney
  • Living Will
  • Uniform Donor Card
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Letter of Instruction
  • Letters of Authority



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The first half of the book covers making life easier for your survivors. It covers wills, avoiding probate and death taxes, preparation for potential disability, and funerals and their  alternatives.  

The alternatives to funerals and graves such as cremation and body  donation for research versus organ donation, are mutually exclusive alternatives as you can not do both.  


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The second half of the book covers a death in the family from the standpoint of survivors. Negotiations with funeral directors, body disposal and funeral right, the will, assets, and settling and closing the estate are covered in detail here.

This is a classic in its field. Be certain you buy the second edition.

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