When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 12, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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Scott Taylor Smith, a venture capitalist and lawyer, had plentiful resources, and yet after his mother died, he made a series of agonizing and costly mistakes in squaring away her affairs. He could find countless books that dealt with caring for the dying and the emotional fallout of death, but very few that dealt with the logistics.
In the aftermath of his mother’s death, Smith decided to write the book he wished he’d had. When Someone Dies provides readers with a crucial framework for making good, informed, money-saving decisions in the chaotic thirty days after a loved one dies and beyond. It provides essential, concrete guidance on:
Making funeral and memorial service arrangements
Writing an obituary
Estate planning
Contacting family and friends
Handling your loved one’s online footprint
Navigating probate
Dealing with finances, including trusts and taxation
And much, much more
Featuring concise checklists in each chapter, this guide offers answers to practical questions, enabling loved ones to save time and money and focus on healing.
  

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Review: When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death

User Review  - Sevenponds - Goodreads

“When Someone Dies” by author Scott Taylor Smith is described as a “step-by-step guide to all the practical things you must do after someone dies to settle the person's affairs as quickly and cost ... Read full review

Review: When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death

User Review  - Ellen - Goodreads

Practical, step-by-step instructions that will be very useful to executors who have never gone through this before. I'm going to buy a copy for future reference. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Who Should Read This Book
9
As Death Approaches
13
Attend to Your Own WellBeing
21
Shop for a Mortuary
27
Immediately after the Death
33
Ask about an Autopsy
40
Pay the Mortuary
46
Determine the Estates Value and Net Worth
88
Understand the Different Types of Ownership
99
Distribute Assets Exempt from Probate as Specified
105
The Year after the Death
117
When Are Taxes Due?
123
Name an Executor
133
Consider Legacy Gifts
136
Organize All Documents Relating to Your Assets and Debts
142

What Kind of Funeral Did the Person Want?
52
After the Funeral Expect a Wave of Intense Grief
58
Notify Life Insurers the Military
62
Chapter 4
64
Investigate Pension Benefits
72
Find the Persons Assets
78
Uniform Statutory Form Power of Attorney
167
California Statutory Will
175
Letter to Social Security Certifying Death
200
Affidavit of Surviving Spouse for Change
207
Instructions for Writing a Holographic Will
213
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Scott Smith is a partner in Viant Capital, a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank and tech business incubator committed to providing emerging growth and small to mid-market companies with high quality strategic advisory and capital-raising services. When Someone Dies is his first book.

Michael Castleman has written more than 2,000 magazine and Web articles, four mystery novels, and thirteen nonfiction books in the fields of health and sexuality. During his thirty-five-year career as an award-winning journalist and novelist, his books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide.

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