Have you been thinking about getting your affairs in order? It is a necessary but daunting task. A recent survey estimates that upwards of 60% of Americans do not have a will. If you keel over without a will or a living trust, probate court makes all the decisions. That means a big, sad mess for your surviving loved ones.
Kiplinger’s Estate Planning by John Ventura is an easy and painless (almost) way to begin. It is well organized and uses language we can all understand. It takes you through finding a good estate planning attorney, a worksheet for inventorying your assets and liabilities, explains trusts, taxes and the probate process.
It even explains how to minimize the potential for estate disputes because sometimes the nicest people get ugly when money is involved.