Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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

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.

My Review:
My husband and I have survived the deaths of our parents, and how I wish we'd had this book to help us sort through the stuff. I'm glad that we've discovered it now, however. We will use this valuable tool with our children to plan along with us to better prepare for our passings.

This book is broken down into fifteen easy-to-read chapters with information boxes and ending with "What Do I Do Now?" checklists. At the end of the book, the author has kindly added four convenient appendixes: "Your Complete Parent Care Checklist," "Helpful Resources," "Documents and Information to Locate," and "Wish List Spreadsheet." Chock full of real life experiences and tips to help the most difficult times go more smoothly, every household could use this handy resource as a guide.


bermudaonion said...

My parents are getting older, and I know I should, but I just don't want to read about this yet.

Anonymous said...

If you don't want to read about this just yet, then you may be part of the problem now as well as the future. Talking openly with your parents and their wishes and fulfilling them truly is love. It's when we are denial or don't want to face the inevitable when everyone gets blind sided and that isn't fair to family members or our beloved parents' legacy.

Lori said...

Yes, sad to say but true, sound like a book most of us should have on hand. Thanks for a great review.