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Friday, January 31, 2014

Book for Family Survivors


Sally Balch Hurme recently published a book entitled Checklist for Family Survivors.  Provided below is a description from ABA Web Store:

A practical resource for dealing with family matters upon death, this first-of-its-kind publication from the American Bar Association and AARP - the nation's leading associations in the law and the advancement of issues that matter most to people 50+ and their families - helps answer the myriad of questions surrounding what needs to be done following a loved one's passing. This must-have book guides you through the steps to wrap up the personal and financial affairs of the loved one who died. Although the ABA/AARP Checklist for Family Survivors: A Guide to Practical and Legal Matters When Someone You Love Dies does not provide legal advice, it does include legal reasons, implications and complications that cover a variety of questions loved ones face upon death. In each chapter, you'll find convenient checklists to help guide you through the difficult time. Chapter topics include:

  • Applying for survivors benefits    
  • Checking on insurance benefits   
  • Sorting through the stuff     
  • Getting ready for probate   
  • Taking care of yourself  
  • And more! 

The ABA/AARP Checklist for Family Survivors is not intended as a sit-down-and-read book. It is a workbook designed to help you understand what you need to do following a loved one's death guided by simple yet thorough forms. Whether you fill in the forms in the book or use the CD-ROM included in the back cover, you can take comfort in knowing that the matters upon a loved one's death can be handled with ease.

While there are a number of books directed to the widow on matters of grief and financial planning, this is the first - from AARP and the American Bar Association's Senior Lawyers Division- comprehensive guide that answers questions for family survivors in one straightforward book.


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