Monday, January 26, 2009

The Boomer Burden

With the number of Depression-era parents dying at a rate of 4,500 a day, the issue is of growing importance, as pointed out in the book, "The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents' Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff."

Author Julie Hall, who also is known as "The Estate Lady," shares her own experiences and offers advice — including how to prevent scammers from capitalizing on a family's bereavement.

The author covers how surviving family members are finding the shear volume of family heirlooms, collections like stamps, trading cards and artwork as well as household goods overwhelming. The process of wading through those belongings only adds to the grief.

Sound estate planning can avoid those prized possessions from turning into touchstones for Carrington-esque family conflicts, legal experts advise.

Full Article and Source:
What boomers leave behind


Anonymous said...

Geez, guardianship victims don't have an accumulation of stuff to worry about...

Anonymous said...

Right about that. The Guardians dispose of the wards property without any consideration of the wishes of the ward disregarding previous legal documents, including WILLS and POA's.

The manner in which the wards personal possessions are raided, sold and thrown into dumpsters is very telling about the attitude of the guardians.