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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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In my opinion, a reader who has never thought about this topic may find this book somewhat informative. If you have, however, thought about and come to the realization that you need to plan for such matters, then you may (like I have) find this book disappointing and lacking the guidance to independently (of her promotional websites) do anything about it.
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.
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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 21 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 23 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 on June 9, 2014 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 on May 20, 2014 by Bryan MacAvoy
A fast and easy read that helps you ask all the right questions when creating your trust and guardianship paperworkPublished on March 4, 2014 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