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Wear Clean Underwear!: A Fast, Fun, Friendly and Essential Guide to Legal Planning for Busy Parents Paperback – May 1, 2008
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She graduated first in her class from Georgetown law and quickly scaled the ranks of "successful" entrepreneurship before recognizing that she was compromising her greatest gifts in the name of "success". Since then, Ali has discovered her own unique genius is in guiding you to discover yours so you can fully contribute to the co-creation of the dream of a world worth living in.
Alexis has built multiple million dollar entrepreneurial endeavors both online and offline, wrote a best-selling book, appeared on numerous top-rated television shows, and today lives a new economy life in community with her ex-husband, kids and extended chosen family. She shares her transparent journey through the ups and downs of finding herself so you can do the same.
Alexis's two current business ventures, New Law Business Model and Eyes Wide Open Life, both fully location independent, provide new economy business model consulting to people who want to serve others deeply, living their own unique genius and make a great living while they do it.
Alexis is based in Boulder, Colorado, but is location independent and travels frequently, attending and speaking at festivals and conferences, and her teams are also location-independent or "digital nomads" based mostly in the US and Canada.
Top Customer Reviews
I am, however, a parent who has two daughters she loves more than life itself.
You know what? Sometimes love is not enough. We can't just hug our kids and play with them and go to the beach and read books and do all that fun stuff we love to do.
We have to work to provide. We have to house, clothe, feed, and protect our children. One sphere where we've got to do this -- and one, quite frankly, that I suck at -- is in the legal arena.
That's why when the opportunity to read a review copy of Wear Clean Underwear: A Fast, Fun, Friendly and Essential Guide to Legal Planning For Busy Parents came up, I jumped at it. This is an area I don't know much about, and I wanted to fill the gaps in my knowledge.
Author Alexis Martin Neely delivered -- and then some. She brought up questions I'd never even thought about: what happens if the people you appoint as your kids guardians die? what happens if the guardian you appoint really doesn't want to be the guardian after all? what happens if you have people fighting over your kids? what happens if your kids are left without much in the way of financial resources when you step off this mortal coil?
Neely gets you thinking, first and foremost, and that's critical. Much of what you will read here is the same advice you'll find in estate planning guides -- but rendered comprehensible, in easy to read language. I understood this book -- I didn't feel stupid or poorly educated, trying to figure out what legal terms meant. Neely asks the questions we're all terrified to ask.
There's a choose your own adventure feel to the book: If you decide to do X, go to page 55 and see what happens. I liked this.Read more ›
Positives of the book:
- It scares you in to taking action immediately. The stories are heart wrenching, and caused me to put guardianship papers in place the next day.
- Points you towards resources (Family Planning Attorneys & websites to create free legal documents).
- Talks about ways to leave a legacy (i.e. writing letters/recording CDs to your kids in case something happens to you)
- It's a quick read - I'm a mother to a 7-month old and the book only took me 1 hour to read, for which I was grateful!
- The book doesn't give any actual information about estate planning beyond saying you should meet with a lawyer to draft documents.
- The book reads like an advertisement for Family Planning Attorneys (I'm not sure, but it feels like this is a group with some kind of affiliation to the author). I agree that an important topic like caring for your children once you're gone is one that should be handled by an expert, but the book doesn't give any further options besides this specific type of attorney.
- The stories are repetitive - it reads like a "Choose your own adventure" book, which means that a lot of the content is repeated word-for-word.
One more thing that annoyed me is that all the online resources given in the book are created by the author and her company, so if you want different opinions about the topic, you won't get it from the websites.
Incidentally, we did request a meeting with a Family Planning Attorney to see if they could help us. Although the website said someone would contact us in 72-hours, we haven't heard anything in over a week.
The book assumes US laws and these may not be correct for other countries. Nevertheless it raises universal questions that many parents might not have considered and should follow up with respect to the laws in their own countries.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am frustrated with this book. I purchased it because I thought it might be a good resource to help me prepare some legal documents. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Book Lover
This is a must read for any parent of young children and for anyone who wants to protect their families after they are gone. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Deborah Rich
Very easy to read and gets you to start thinking about planning! It also contains useful resources for further actions.Published 18 months ago by Amy Hsiao
This book is quite an eye opener on being prepared for your death and preparing your family and children adequately. I think anyone with kids should definitely read this!Published 20 months ago by Katie
Alexis Martin Neely's book is a practical, easy, and thorough treatment of the necessary planning that all young families, parents, and people of just about every walk should be... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bryan MacAvoy
A fast and easy read that helps you ask all the right questions when creating your trust and guardianship paperworkPublished 23 months ago by Kiera hensel
thought this book was an easy read with a lot of good information. This is not a book that tells you how to set up your own guardianship, but brings up some really good... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Debra Politz
I agree with author, it is a "must read." Helpful for anyone who has have minor children, or adult dependents in your home, in your care (and beloved pets.)Published on December 20, 2013 by clare