The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents' Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff

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Thomas Nelson, Jun 1, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages

A practical guide to advise Baby Boomers how to deal with the daunting task of facing a parents' eventual passing as it relates to residential contents, heirlooms, and the often difficult family interactions and feuds that accompany them.

With fascinating stories and comprehensive checklists, professional estate liquidator Julie Hall walks Baby Boomers through the often painful challenge of dividing the wealth and property of their parents' lifetime accumulation of stuff. From preparation while the parent is still living through compassionately helping them empty the family home, The Estate Lady® gives invaluable tips on negotiating the inevitable disputes, avoiding exploitation from scam artists, and eventually closing the chapter of their lives in a way that preserves relationships and maximizes value of assets.

 

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Contents

1 First Signs
1
2 Planning for the Inevitable
14
3 Wheres the Will?
28
4 When Reality Sinks In
37
5 The Hearse Doesnt Have a Trailer Hitch
52
6 Relatively Speaking
68
7 Scammers Schemers and Other Scoundrels
93
8 The NittyGritty of Dividing Your Parents Estate
111
12 Right Wrong and In Between
172
13 I Will Never Do This to My Kids
184
14 Be Good to Yourself
192
15 Mission Accomplished
202
Your Complete Parent Care Checklist
207
Helpful Resources
213
Documents and Information to Locate
219
Sample Wish List Spreadsheet
221

9 But What Is It Really Worth?
126
10 Where Do I Begin?
140
11 How to Clean Out Your Parents Estate
147
Notes
223
About the Author
227
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About the author (2008)

Julie Hall, The Estate Lady®, is a nationally recognized personal property expert who has assisted thousands of individuals across the country in the daunting and often painful process of managing their deceased loved one’s possessions.

With more than 28 years’ experience, she advises on the distribution and dissolution of personal property, valuation of items, how to minimize family feuds, and how to clear out the family home. Hall’s greatest passion is educating heirs, executors, and professionals who need to understand the complexity of personal property issues. Since 2007, she has directed the American Society of Estate Liquidators® (ASEL) and has led ASEL to become the #1 educational and professional organization for estate liquidators nationwide.

Julie enjoys being an empty nester, gardening, traveling, and nature walks with her Newfoundland puppy.

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