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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: American Bar Association; Pap/Cdr edition (March 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627222820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627222822
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sally Balch Hurme, J.D. is currently a Senior Project Manager with the AARP Health Law Education team. In her twenty 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, health care fraud, and financial security. She received her B.A. from Newcomb College of Tulane University and her J.D. cum laude from Washington College of Law, American University. She lives in Alexandria, VA.

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Very thorough and helpful book.
Frieda Hale
Love the orderly and precise account it can provide for whomever settles my final affairs.
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The book helped me with my will a lot.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Melissa G. Stanton on February 24, 2014
I've been fortunate to not yet face the death of a close family member. However, I've attended many funerals and have watched with sympathy and amazement at how mourning spouses and adult children are somehow able to take on the duties of planning and hosting a complicated, costly and logistically challenging multi-venue social event, which is what wakes, funerals, burials and other traditions of death often become. In addition to performing the work of an event planner, a surviving family member is also called upon to become a professional organizer, family therapist and — too often — forensic accountant.

Sally Balch Hurme's "Checklist for Family Survivors" is an essential book to own if you think you'll ever be called upon to manage all that happens as soon as a loved one dies and, as importantly, be responsible for the details of the aftermath, which is when the deceased person's finances and possessions need to be sorted through, distributed or somehow resolved.

Ideally, Hurme's book should be purchased and at least skimmed before actually needing to use it. That's my plan. I have the "Checklist for Family Survivors" and will try to remember where on my bookshelf I'm keeping it so, when or if the time comes, I can use and refer to the book and its checklists as needed.

The "Checklist for Family Survivors" would be a very useful gift for a friend or relative who is dealing with the terminal illness of a loved one, or has just experienced a loss. Such a blunt present may require some advance conversation. A possible icebreaker: "I see how you're having to handle so much due to NAME's illness/death. I know a great book that could be of help. May I give you a copy?"
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Barton on March 11, 2014
Most people I know want to keep their affairs private.

This book is a must read for the very young and the
very old and all of us in between. You can organize your life by just knowing you have documented what
is important for your loved ones to know when you die, whether it be this year or 25 years from now.

I plan to use this book, and the checklists therein in one of my lectures that I will be presenting to Seniors
at our local University this coming summer.

It is an excellent resource guide.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By icedancer on June 27, 2014
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This book with its CD is useful for those who want to plan ahead and lessen the burden on those whom they will leave behind when they die. Having just gotten started on filling in the checklists on-line, I can tell you that it is a time-consuming job to gather the information and type it in. Hopefully, the result will be very helpful to family members when the time comes and they need this information to know where to find it and in many instances to have the information already in one place at their fingertips.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara E. Lambrecht on May 1, 2014
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This is an excellent way to inform my children of my wishes upon my death. I had everything in files and now they have a guide to take care of my estate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Coggins on July 23, 2014
Actually I got a much better one for free at our local Funeral Home/Cemetery. This book has a DVD with all the forms but they are very unprofessional looking. The best chaper, really the only one I used, was the one for Veterans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charmainebarker on May 7, 2014
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Love the orderly and precise account it can provide for whomever settles my final affairs. Great having the CD with forms on it for all situations.
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By Sharon Huffman on July 15, 2014
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Nothing special
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By Paula Cooney on July 13, 2014
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answered many question.
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