Estate Planning from the Heart for Everyone
How to Understand Wills and Trusts, Avoid Family Conflicts, and Simplify Your Estate
Ronald Farrington Sharp
- 216 Pages
- February 20, 2024
- ISBN: 9781621538073
- Trim Size: 5.5in x 8.25in x 0in
Learn how to plan your estate to make a most difficult time for you loved ones simple, quick, and fair.
Coping with the death of a loved one is a multi-faceted problem. The emotional and psychological issues can linger unresolved far longer than the myriad and mundane tasks of gathering together assets and disposing of them. The primary reason we take the time to write a will or trust is not for our sake. It is to be sure that the legal process for our heirs is simple, quick, and fair, reflecting not just our wishes but also being mindful of the expectations and needs of those we leave behind. There may be decisions to be made for a surviving spouse such as whether to maintain the marital home, down-sizing, or using senior living facilities.
Estate Planning from the Heart for Everyone is a step-by-step guide on how to make and execute these decisions. The next analysis is the actions that must be taken after death. Planning ahead for procedures for distribution of clothing, household goods, family heirlooms, and such is a major problem. Decluttering is a good idea but it is difficult and most often falls on the family who may differing views on how to handle the "stuff" we all accumulate. Interpersonal dynamics are addressed by family members and others who may second guess the actions and decisions of those in charge of the estate.
Throughout the book, author and lawyer Ronald Farrington Sharpuses an "Ask the Lawyer" format to describe some common and even unusual questions friends and clients have posed to him. He answers the practical as well as legal aspects of the questions asked with suggested solutions to the concerns raised.