What to Do with Everything You Own to Leave the Legacy You Want: From-the-Heart Estate Planning for Everyone, Whatever Your Financial Situation

What to Do with Everything You Own to Leave the Legacy You Want: From-the-Heart Estate Planning for Everyone, Whatever Your Financial Situation

by Marni Jameson
What to Do with Everything You Own to Leave the Legacy You Want: From-the-Heart Estate Planning for Everyone, Whatever Your Financial Situation

What to Do with Everything You Own to Leave the Legacy You Want: From-the-Heart Estate Planning for Everyone, Whatever Your Financial Situation

by Marni Jameson

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Overview

You can’t take it with you, but you can ensure that what you leave behind has value and meaning.

Whether you want the fruits of your life’s work to benefit your family, the environment, science, human rights, the arts, your church, or another cause dear to you, one thing is certain: It won’t happen unless you plan. What to Do with Everything You Own to Leave the Legacy You Want is a step-by-step, DIY guide to turning your money and “stuff” into something meaningful that will outlast you—whether you are in the prime of life or your later years, single or partnered, have kids or not, are well-off or of modest means. With her trademark practical wisdom, downsizing expert Marni Jameson offers plenty of comfort (and even some laughs) as she guides you through the following:
  • Identifying whom you want to benefit from your legacy
  • Navigating wills, trusts, and other paths to your goals
  • Heading off potential family conflicts
  • Making the best plan for your material assets
This book will encourage and inspire you through every step of your final downsizing project, helping you make a positive impact on the people and causes closest to your heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615197866
Publisher: The Experiment, LLC
Publication date: 06/22/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 130,824
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Marni Jameson is America’s most beloved home-and-lifestyle columnist. Besides writing a weekly nationally syndicated column, Jameson is the author of five bestselling books, including her Downsizing the Family Home series. “At Home with Marni Jameson,” Marni’s popular syndicated column, appears weekly in more than twenty papers nationwide, reaching five million readers with her trademark humor and advice. The mother of a blended family of five grown children, Marni lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her husband, Doug, and their three unruly dogs.

This author is represented by the Hachette Speakers Bureau.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dying Is for Other People 1

The Golden Age of Giving 5

Part 1 Live Life On Purpose 7

Chapter 1 Straight Talk About the Facts of Life

How to talk to those you love about death 9

Chapter 2 What About Me?

Estate planning for nontraditional families-in other words, most of us 14

Chapter 3 When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Getting your papers in order 22

Prepare for the Meteor 26

Chapter 4 Words to Live (and Die) By

The legal lingo 31

The Glossary 33

Part 2 How They Did It 41

Chapter 5 Free to a Good Home

Even if you don't have a Picasso, you can still help your museum 43

Dos and Don'ts of Donating to the Arts 46

Chapter 6 All for Art's Sake

Virginia and Ed Fultz 49

The Foundation of Giving 56

Chapter 7 Remember Where You Came From

Paying homage to home 58

Where Does the Money Go? 60

The Power of Variance 66

Seven Options for Planned Giving 69

Giving in the Extreme 70

Chapter 8 Paying It Back & Paying It Forward

For some, leaving a legacy begins now 71

Chapter 9 A Gift for the Generations

Arlene Cogen 81

Three Easy Ways to Give 85

Choose Charities with Care 86

Successful, Single, and Charitable 87

Chapter 10 A Cautionary Tale

The Quinn family 89

Lessons Learned the Hard Way 94

Better Ways to Avoid Taxes (Than the Freezer) 96

Part 3 Paint Your Canvas 99

Chapter 11 Put It in Writing

Demystifying wills and trusts 101

Bombproof Your Will 108

So, What If I Don't Have a Will? 109

Prince: Music Legend's Life Ends in Discord 111

But for His Simple Will… 112

Wills versus Trusts 118

When to Revisit Your Plan 119

Chapter 12 Build Your Fences

Keeping out the taxman, creditors, in-laws, and other interlopers 120

Paul McCartney: Money Can't Buy Me Love 127

Chapter 13 How Much for the Kids?

Divide assets equally or based on need or performance? 130

Two Brothers: One Spender, One Saver 133

One Father's Legacy: You Reap What You Sow 140

Howard's Plan: What About You? 144

Chapter 14 What Else Can Go Wrong?

Titles trump wills and trusts 146

Roots in Feudalism 147

Chapter 15 Heading Off the Buttinskies

When someone challenges the will 153

But Mine's Fake and His Is Real 158

Part 4 The Magic Funnel 161

Chapter 16 Turning Material Goods into Money, Then into Meaning

What to do with everything else 163

Streamline Your Life 166

Chapter 17 Going, Going, Gone

When liquidating home contents, keep legacy in mind 170

Art Lover's Passion Helps Kids Cope with Cancer 178

Chapter 18 Giving Away the Farm

There's gold in them there tractors 180

Auctioneer to the Stars 184

Chapter 19 Get Real About Value

Market power

What's Hot (and Not) in the Secondhand Market 190

Chapter 20 Deborah's Mom: Keeping the Stories Alive

Downsizing through the decades 193

Lessons Learned from Downsizing Mom: From Biggest Shock to Best Advice 196

Chapter 21 That Paper Trail

What to do with diplomas, certificates, and the family photos 198

Solving the Diploma Dilemma 200

Making Memories Out of a Mess 205

Chapter 22 To Deal with Collections, Understand the Collector

From cameos to comic books, model trains to snow globes 207

How to Liquidate a Collection 210

Why Do We Collect? 214

Chapter 23 Downsizing the Family Jewels

The stuff of legend, lore, and lawsuits 216

The Jewelry Box: How to Separate Trash from Treasure 220

The Tale of the Tainted Diamond 225

The Last Word: How to Live Forever 228

Appendix 231

Checklist: What to bring to your first meeting with a financial adviser 232

Trusted Advisers 234

Asset Worksheet: What do I have? 235

Asset Inventory 237

Household Bills 240

Values Worksheet: What matters? 244

Acknowledgments 248

Index 250

About the Author 258

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