This has been a growing year for me, a chance to help people understand the necessity of preparation before death, and help avoid battles over stuff after death. I have accumulated a wealth of suggestions, gleaned from nearly 20 years of experience handling personal property in estates.
My book, The Boomer Burden — Dealing With Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff, provides practical and effective steps for liquidating and distributing your parents’ assets in a way that both honors them and promotes family harmony.
You’ve probably heard the stories: arguments over stuff, an inheritance lost forever when parents are scammed, siblings estranged, or an adult heir taken from daily responsibilities for months while trying to empty their childhood home.
This book is valuable for both the senior adults and the Boomer children. My trustworthy counsel covers the following areas:
- Divide your parents’ estate with peace of mind
- Minimize fighting with siblings during the estate settlement process
- Clear out the family home in two weeks or less
- Identify potential items of value in the home
- Have “that conversation” with your parents
- Prepare your own children for the future
Amazon.com carrys my book; you can purchase it in time for your family’s holiday celebrations. If you have a close relationship with parents and siblings, you owe it to all to keep harmony in the home after the unexpected death of a parent. If there are difficult relationships, distance between you and your parents, an accumulation of stuff in your parents’ home, and other thorny issues, please buy a copy of this book and save yourself even more pain and struggle.
One of the most distressing, yet integral parts of estate planning and liquidation is the division of personal property; who gets what? A little talking now can go a long way to prevent squabbling between the heirs after mom and dad pass away. For peaceful resolutions and wonderful guidance, please order The Boomer Burden. It has earned wonderful reviews, and it makes a great gift for siblings, parents, children, even clients.
This is my Christmas gift to your family: a wealth of information and valuable resources to protect the relationship, sanity, and peace among your family. The joy of preparation for the inevitable, and the kindness of knowing that everything is in order. Merry Christmas!
P.S. I welcome your comments and questions, even suggested topics, at the link below this article.
© 2009 Julie Hall