How to Die without a Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Creating a Will Without Paying Legal Fees

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Ensuring that your estate is in order has become an expensive and burdensome proposition. Legal fees can be astronomical when an inheritance passes through probate. Failure to get your estate in order can be a nightmare for your family.

It doesn't have to be that way.

In HOW TO DIE WITHOUT A LAWYER, Mary Clement, a prominent attorney who specializes in end-of-life issues, walks you through the steps necessary to create, revoke or change a will,...

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Overview

Ensuring that your estate is in order has become an expensive and burdensome proposition. Legal fees can be astronomical when an inheritance passes through probate. Failure to get your estate in order can be a nightmare for your family.

It doesn't have to be that way.

In HOW TO DIE WITHOUT A LAWYER, Mary Clement, a prominent attorney who specializes in end-of-life issues, walks you through the steps necessary to create, revoke or change a will, protect against mental incapacity with health care and financial powers of attorney, and to avoid the exorbitant costs of probate and lawyer's fees with the creation of a Living Trust.

This easy-to-use book, complete with sample documents and personal experiences, reveals the secrets of trusts and estates law, enabling you, the reader, to easily produce the same work as the professionals, without paying legal fees. Even if you plan on seeking legal counsel, HOW TO DIE WITHOUT A LAWYER will help you be an informed consumer by explaining what choices you have, how these choices work, and the advantages and disadvantages of your options.

With a compassionate voice and a steady, guiding hand, HOW TO DIE WITHOUT A LAWYER is the essential book for anyone interested in "getting their affairs in order."

Some of the many important estate planning concerns addressed in HOW TO DIE WITHOUT A LAWYER include:

--How to avoid legal disputes over your will
--Four ways of leaving property to minors
--How to keep your will up-to-date
--The absolute minimum amount you can legally leave your spouse
--Essential considerations when naming a guardian for a minor
--Simple ways to avoid thedisasters that will befall your health care and finances if you become incompetent and are not prepared
--Easy ways of avoiding probate--the Living Trust is only one way
--And much, much more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312244019
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary Clement is an attorney and president of Gentle Closure, Inc., a company that addresses all end-of-life concerns. She is coauthor, with Derek Humphry, of Freedom to Die.
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