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Leaving Life: A Simple Guide to Planning Your Estate and Not Leaving a Mess

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Leaving Life: A Simple Guide to Planning Your Estate and Not Leaving a Mess

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Feb 14, 2017
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9781483594521
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Leaving Life is an easy to read discussion of the need to plan one’s estate in order to avoid chaos, confusion and competition in the lives of those you leave behind. Other interesting topics include, financial planning, documenting a legacy, cataloging valuables and some philosophic contemplations on the nature of our mortality.
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Feb 14, 2017
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9781483594521
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Leaving Life - Neil Seidel

Copyright © 2017 by Neil Douglas Seidel

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the express written consent of the publisher, except in the case of brief excerpts in critical reviews or articles.

Printed in the United States of America

First Printing, 2017

Print ISBN: 978-1-48359-451-4

eBook ISBN: 978-1-48359-452-1

Independent Creative Sources

1093 La Jolla Road

Palm Springs, CA 92264

www.LeavingLife.org

Large quantities of this book are available at a discount. Contact: Neil Douglas Seidel at guitarflight@aol.com

Front cover photo courtesy of www.afloral.com

Back Cover photo –Patricia Seidel

I would like to thank my wife Patricia Seidel for encouraging and supporting me in all my creative endeavors. Patricia always helps to refine and improve any project to which she directs her creative energies.

Thanks also to Jeanie Cunningham for her efforts in helping me to organize my ideas in a systematic and readable format, and her unfailing good humor which helped making a serious project fun and enjoyable.

Special thanks to estate planning attorneys J. Mark McNeill, Stewart Levin and attorney Mark Gershenson for their advice and contributions.

Thank you to Dayna Steele, motivational speaker and author of Surviving Alzheimer’s…with Face book, Friends and a Really Big Glass of Wine for her encouragement on this project.

Also thanks to www.afloral.com for the use of their floral image.

Disclaimer: The author wishes to state that nothing in this book is offered as legal advice and that each reader is encouraged to consider seeking independent counsel with regard to all matters discussed within these chapters. This book is merely intended to suggest that the reader prepare for the end of life responsibilities. The author also wishes to state that he holds no credentials in the field of estate planning. The impetus for writing this book came from personal experiences and observations. It is the fervent hope of the author that the information contained will be helpful in this endeavor.

Because of the dynamic nature of the Internet, any Web addresses or links contained in this book may have changed since publication and may no longer be valid. The views expressed in this book are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher.

Dedicated to my children and grandchildren with the hope that our careful estate preparations will leave them free to enjoy the fruits of our life’s labor.

Everyone will agree that someday the body must grow old, weaken, and drop away, but not many will face the fact that it will happen to them. If we really believe we will die, we will do something about it.

—Eknath Easwaran’s Words to Live By

Table of Contents

Introduction

Leaving Your Legacy

Preparing to Exit

Helpful Tools

Case Study/Cautionary Tale 1: My Parents’ Estates

Technical Challenges

Wills and Living Trusts: The Will to Succeed

Trust Thyself: Should You Choose a Will or a Living Trust?

What Is a Living Trust?

Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts

Executor Duties and Other Information Responsibilities of the Executor

Does the Executor Get Paid?

Finding an Estate Planning Attorney

Case Study/Cautionary Tale 2: A True Story

Advanced Medical Directives

Durable Power of Attorney

Case Study/Cautionary Tale 3: An Estate Attorney’s Tale-Do It Yourself Disaster

FINAL ARRANGEMENTS:

Contact Information

Special Circumstances and Considerations

TREASURE MAP: A Guide to Helping Your Heirs Find Your Good Stuff

Case Study/Cautionary Tale 4 The Coffee Can Caper (A Canadian Treasure Tale)

Creating Your Asset Inventory Sheet

Case Study/Cautionary Tale 5: Thoroughness

Cover Your Assets: Wealth Management and Planning For Old Age

Finding a Financial Advisor Or Financial Planner

How Financial Planners Are Paid: Commission Only, Fee- Based, and Fee -Only

Financial Planning on Your Own

Good Policy: Some Thoughts about Insurance

PRESENTING YOUR LEGACY: YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES

Genealogy

Dealing with Stuff: Give Peace a Chance

Case Study/Cautionary Tale 5: The Prema shirt story

Let’s Cull

eBay and Estate Sale Instructions

Estate and Garage Sales: Junk or gems?

Take the Money and Run

Consignments

Donations

Trash

Professional Junkman/Scrapper

There’s a Hole in My Bucket: Create and Live Your Bucket List

In God We Trust…or Not

Relationships

Meditation

Conclusion

The Ten Commandments of Leaving Life

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

Glossary

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Leaving Life Checklist

USEFUL FORMS

Asset Inventory List

Legacy Work Sheet

SAMPLE ADVANCED CARE DIRECTIVE-CALIFORNIA

SAMPLE ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE-CALIFORNIA

SAMPLE GENERAL DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY – CALIFORNIA ONLY

The fundamental ideal that I am promoting in Leaving Life is that it is our duty to ourselves and to our families to prepare, provide, and organize as much as possible during our life in order to avoid the chaos and confusion that can result from an unprepared or inadequate estate plan.

Yes, the contemplation of our own demise is not a pleasant subject. I have found that the desire to avoid confronting this inevitable occurrence prevents many people from preparing their estates properly, or sometimes not at all. Such failure creates undue complications and hardships for their survivors. I have written this book to illustrate the bad things that can happen when a person does not properly prepare for his or her departure from this world. Leaving Life is a response to this avoidance syndrome that I have identified in many of my friends and acquaintances and by personal experience with my family.

In 2016, the media announced with great fanfare the demise of the musical artist Prince. It was noted in a press release about Prince’s death that his estate was in excess of $300 million. There appeared to be no will or estate plan in place with which to dispose of his considerable

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