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Die Smart: 11 Mistakes That Cost Your Family When You Die: Probate, Living Trusts, Power of Attorney (And More) Paperback – April 25, 2011
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From the Publisher
After experiencing the emotional and financial consequences of "dying dumb", the authors began to research how much people actually knew about the rules that manage their lives in the event of caring for an aging parent or the paperwork required when someone dies. They were astonished to discover in a survey that 85% of the people had never heard of a power of attorney, and that most people don't have a clue about how death or a prolonged illness can impact their lives and financial worth. The sordid truth is that "dying dumb" can cost a family 4 to 8% of their net worth - even more if long term care is involved.
With their background in information workflow, market research and taxes, the authors began to construct a guide to help people manage their affairs so that others won't be blindsided like the authors were. Die$mart is written for the average person - it's easy to understand and will help you save time and money by providing you with information about the facts, laws and forms that manage your affairs as we age and die. You can use this information to have a conversation with your parents, your lawyers and your financial planner---no matter the size of the estate.
Die$mart will help you understand that what you don't know - or don't do - will cost you and your family dearly in the end.
From the Author
More About the Author
For many years, I was a geek. I started off writing IBM assembly language code many years ago. I then morphed from a geek to a manager. From a manager to an entrepreneur. You can see my work career at linked.com/kathylane.
If you have had experience as a caregiver, a financial agent, a health care agent, an executor, or a trustee, let me know how your experience might help others.
Looking forward to hearing from other authors and readers.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is organized into ten major mistakes that you definitely want to avoid and at the end of each chapter, there's "bottom line" section that gives it to you straight - here's what it could cost you by not acting and, here are the main bullet points that the chapter covered.
Speaking of the chapters, they are broad in scope. The most surprising dealt with the concept of long term assisted living. The numbers there are staggering. The author cites statistics that some 80% of the population will not die a sudden death, but instead a longer and slower death that has significant implications in terms of cost and legalities. "If only we had known" seems to be the reoccurring theme through this title - if only you had known that in most states a financial power of attorney does not permit language for you to manage health care to a loved one who has lost the ability to communicate. If only you had known that you needed a Health Care Power of Attorney document to give your loved one the authority to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated. If only you had known ...
For a book of roughly 225 pages, there is a tremendous amount of material.Read more ›
there were still so many details and questions we both had--
This book was my bible and in turn has helped me review
what I currently have in place for my assets and estate planning.
Great, great resource that helped me talk with my mom's financial advisors, attorney and trust department.
Loved the checklists, glossary of terms and easy reference book formatting.
A Must reference book for all of us who are helping parents with their estate planning and our own as well.
Keep the information coming Kathy--would love a companion workbook and filing system.
Love your site as well--[...]
Die Smart has made me want to start talking to a lawyer about creating a will and trusts, etc. just to make sure that my beneficiaries earn the most out of my estate and retirement funds. This is a great book to read prior to going through the death of a family member. I have to say that when my mother died I knew none of this and my dad is still alive so my sister and I didn't have any involvement in her estate. Now I actually want to talk to my father about what he has done to see if he is prepared so that my sister and I don't have to go to court or delay thing with probate.
I recommend Die Smart for a great reference book. Take it with you when you go to see a lawyer about your will or trusts, etc. Don't wait until it is too late and make it hard on your family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book to help my grandsons with the sudden stroke of their mother, and how to best help in caring for her as an invalid and her sizable savings. Read morePublished 23 months ago by BB
Here is another must have if you are looking at retirement. You dont need a ton of money to need to worry about how to avoid not evade taxes.Published on April 23, 2013 by Robert Lanois
This book is a must read for people of all ages. It is never too early to plan for death or incapacity. We should hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by weaverladyllj