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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Original edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427797099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427797094
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Ventura is a nationally known bankruptcy attorney and author who has been writing about issues related to consumer financial and legal issues for more than 15 years. During this time, Ventura has been a guest on CNN, CNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio, among other national TV and radio media and has been quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Money, Newsweek, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, U.S. News and World Report, Maxim, Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart's Living, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and The Dallas Morning News, among other media outlets. Most recently, he has been quoted at CBSMarketWatch.com, Office.com, Bankrate.com, USA Today, MSNMoney, The Dallas Morning News, The Detroit Free Press, the Baltimore Sun, the Indianapolis Star, and Black Enterprise Magazine. He currently serves as Director of the Texas Consumer Complaint Center at the University of Houston Law School in Texas and is also an adjunct professor at the law school.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnson on August 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a wills and probate attorney in Texas. Certainly, I am the first to admit that the law of estate planning can be difficult to navigate. John Ventura, with this Estate Planning book, makes the navigation simple. He guides you, step by step, through wills, trusts, and the like, without ever missing a beat. I even purchased a copy for my own mother! If you want an easy read, with excellent advice, you're in great hands with John Ventura's "Kiplinger's Estate Planning."
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
What happens to all of one's belongings if one is randomly and tragically killed in a bus accident? Kiplinger's Estate Planning: The Complete Guide to Wills, Trusts, and Maximizing Your Legacy is a complete and comprehensive guide to estate management, whether one carries an estate worth millions or worth less than thousand. It's a guide for anyone about how to make sure one's will is carried out when one makes a purchase of metaphorical agricultural land. Kiplinger's Estate Planning is a must for anyone worried about their friends and family and wants to leave them something when the time comes, and is also highly recommended for community library finance collections.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Karmakafebargains on July 27, 2008
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I HAVE A MUCH BETTER INSIGHT AS TO HOW IT ALL WORKS WITH REGARDS TO WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES. IT'S A RELIEF TO KNOW THAT YOUR SPOUSE AND KIDS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR. EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH ASSETS TO BE SUBJECT TO THE ESTATE TAX, FOR ME, IT'S A RELIEF TO HAVE A PLAN. EVEN WITH OUR MINIMAL ASSETS-CAR; HOUSE; A PET-IT'S GREAT TO HAVE SOME PEACE OF MIND, KNOWING WHAT HAPPENS. AND, IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN THE BASIC ASSETS, THIS BOOK HELPS YOU WITH THE MORE COMPLICATED THINGS, SUCH AS INVESTMENTS AND LIFE INSURANCE. WRITTEN BY ATTORNEY JOHN VENTURA IN UNDERSTANDABLE LANGUAGE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Scwartz on November 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having read several books on estate planning I quickly realized that this book needs updating. However, that said it follows the same simple approach as other books and does bring you step by step through estate planning process. The content on wills is very good.

Having read some other estate planning book, I realize the importance of estate planning form both a property management and tax perspective. This book could include a little more on these areas giving their importance. It also only gives two pages to powers of attorney and healthcare directives, these again are very important issues which need due consideration.

Overall, this is a good book provides a good introduction to estate planning but for a thorough introduction to the topic a second book is recommended.
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As an estate planning and probate attorney in Florida, I am constantly looking for supplemental reading that my more motivated clients can tackle on their own. Kiplinger's Estate Planning is one. It covers the right topics, in plain English, without too much technical detail. This is not a book which will prepare someone to go out and draft their own Living Trust or life insurance trust, but it at least tells the reader what these things are designed to do, so that they can have an intelligent conversation with their advisors. I especially liked Chapter 7 on "estate planning beyond your will," because it is a major weakness of many Wills, Trusts or estate plans that they do not take into account the growing number of assets that automatically "pay on death." What is the point of having a great trust for your kids in your Will if your life insurance is payable directly to them and avoids the trust protection? And, yes, the estate tax provisions are out of date, but that's the nature of that beast. Never rely on printed books for something like estate tax that changes every few years.
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