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When I'm Gone: Practical Notes for Those You Leave Behind Spiral-bound – Dec 15 2011

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  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press; Spi edition (Dec 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770850465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770850460
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buy this book for yourself, and leave it behind for someone you love. (Black Expressions 2011-08-06)

Fraser covers the topics you'd expect--documents and records, health and medical care; finances--but she also touches on things that might never cross your mind--pets, computers, TVs and other electronics, your favorite things. And that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.... When I'm Gone makes it easy to gather our information and our thoughts without becoming morbid. It assists readers to think about what's important to them and determine what arrangements still need to be made. The lighthearted, whimsical illustrations help when dealing with such a sensitive subject. It will also help your loved ones...when the time comes. (BookRevu 2011-07-16)

Readers will find comprehensive information and space to make their own notes. (Doris Ohlmann Fifty-Five Plus 2010-05-00)

About the Author

Kathleen Fraser is an editor, author, wife, mother, daughter, aunt and oldest sister, and she feels responsible for almost everyone in her family. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Pruegger on Feb. 28 2014
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This book arrived in good shape for a used book and it will be very useful to plan for my death and maintain the records my estate will need to be settled. None of us like to think about the inevitable, but the reality is that because of this, too many people die leaving a mess behind. I don't want this to happen so this book is going to be useful to help me keep thinks in order making my executor's job much easier.
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By Carole on Aug. 16 2014
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I would recommend this book if you like to be organized!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
A Better Effort Than The Reviews Lead You to Believe Jan. 2 2011
By Skeinjunkie - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
Perhaps the description on Amazon was written after the purchases by the people who reviewed and say the book was not what they expected. Each person has different types of information they deem necessary for others to have after their incapacity or death. Each person could use a book like this put together a little differently. It seems to me that this book's main purpose is to have you think about what you need to communicate. Okay, so maybe loose-leaf would have been better. Get a loose-leaf binder and tie it to this book so you have room for all that does not fit. The point is that the book has you think about the topic. That is its main benefit. If it does not cover all you need, add to it; staple in notes and extra pages; don't pan the author's attempt to help people get organized!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
everyone should have one Feb. 6 2013
By Mermaid2508 - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me by a friend and it is well worth the price. I bought one for my sister and she is going to buy one for her sons. I just skip over the sections not applicable to my family and made copies for my family members who will need to know the information.
A great find!!!!!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It meets the need Jan. 2 2013
By Mama Duck "Karen" - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Definitely a good book to use. It's over 100 pages, but well worth the price if you can get your parents/yourself to complete it. Try one chapter at a time, otherwise it could seem overwhelming. The author should consider an electronic format, if not already available with fill & print pages.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
disappointing March 7 2011
By Frances G. Sonne - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is a disappointing book - not what I expected at all. I am an attorney and some of the legal advice in here is wrong. Every state is different when it comes to estates and probate and if you buy this book, do not rely on anything legal without checking with an estate attorney.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Completely impractical, unless you have months to collect the info, and plan on dying soon July 2 2012
By A. Nony Moose - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
A practical guide would be one you actually use. This book suggests that one collect so much information, much of it perhaps "nice to have" but ultimately not important, that it would take hours and hours to pull it together, and even then, unless you die soon, most of it would be obsolete when the time comes to use it.

The fact is that most people do very little if anything in the way of this type of planning, so just doing the really important stuff would be a big improvement.

There is a lot of information available online. Take a few notes, put a folder of the important stuff together and make sure your family knows where it is, period. You will have done more than most.

And if you really want to do your widow a favor, let her choose, or at least help choose, your accountant, attorney, and investment advisor since she'll most likely be dealing with them eventually. If she doesn't like your country club buddies, it will be more work for her to replace them, and at a stressful time. I also agree with the attorney/reviewer who challenges the accuracy of some information in this book. Don't rely on it.