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When someone dies : the practical guide to the logistics of death

Author: Michael Castleman; Scott Taylor Smith
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2012028413
(OCoLC)800024734
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Castleman; Scott Taylor Smith
ISBN: 9781476700243 1476700249
OCLC Number: 893136587
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed October 13, 2014).
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Contents: Intro; Dedication; Legal Disclaimer; Acknowledgments; Quick Reference Guide; The Funeral; Obtaining Money for the Funeral; Paying the Person's Bills; No Probate? Or Probate? And If So, Which Type?; Distributing the Estate's Assets; Introduction; My Mother's Death; Who Should Read This Book; Answers to Key Questions; How to Use This Book; Chapter 1: As Death Approaches; Who's in Charge before the Death?; Does the Person Have an Advance Health Care Directive (Living Will)?; Does the Person Have a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care? If the Person Prepared an Advance Directive and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Find Those DocumentsAttend to Your Own Well-Being; Attend to the Person's Comfort; Start Contacting Family and Friends; Who's in Charge after the Death?; Has the Person Specified an Executor?; The Executor Must Register with the Internal Revenue Service; Avoid Theft; Start Thinking about the Funeral; Shop for a Mortuary; Will an Autopsy Be Necessary?; Start Thinking about Body Preparation: Embalming? No Embalming? Or "Green"?; Consider Thanking End-of-Life Caregivers Chapter 2: Immediately after the DeathContact Family and Friends; Identify Important Advisors-Lawyers, Accountants, and Financial Advisors; Welcome Small Gestures of Support and Comfort; Be Prepared for Insensitivity; Begin Certifying the Death; If the Person Is an Organ Donor or Arranged for Whole-Body Donation, Follow through with Those Arrangements; Ask about an Autopsy; Murder, Accidents, and Suicide; If the Remains Must Be Shipped Elsewhere, Arrange for Shipping; Arrange Care for the Person's Children, Pets, and Yard; File a Change-of-Address Form with the Post Office Obtain Two to Three Dozen Original Copies of the Death CertificatePay the Mortuary; Burial or Cremation?; For Burials, Purchase a Grave Site; To Avoid Theft during the Funeral, Arrange for Someone to House-Sit the Person's Home; Chapter 3: The Days after the Death: Nonfinancial Issues; What Kind of Funeral Did the Person Want?; Decide Religious Issues; For Religious Funerals, Arrange the Appropriate Officiant; Arrange Postfuneral Activities; Write Several Obituaries; Close the Person's Facebook Page; Consider Inviting Family and Close Friends to Take Keepsakes After the Funeral, Expect a Wave of Intense GriefIf You Want a Memorial, Organize It; Consider Grief Counseling; Chapter 4: The Days and Weeks after the Death: Financial Issues; Hire an Accountant; Pay Funeral Expenses; If the Person Was Employed, Collect Final Wages and Other Payments; If the Person Received Social Security Checks, Stop Them; Collect the Social Security Death Benefit; Investigate Social Security Survivor Benefits; Notify Life Insurers, the Military, and Other Institutions That Pay Death Benefits; Investigate Pension Benefits
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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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Well organized, succinct, and detailed without being overhwelming. . . .readers facing the death of a loved one. . . should find this guide both instructive and comforting." * Library Home Journal * Read more...

 
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