Friday, March 26, 2010

Considering how to deal with the lifetime of stuff?

If you are one of the many adult children out there, you may be considering what will happen when it comes time to handle your parents' possessions as they get older or die. I heard of a book the other day that offers some guidance on this topic:
The Boomer Burden: dealing with your parents' lifetime accumulation of stuff, by Julie Hall. You can check to see if it is in your local library at this WorldCat link:

http://www.worldcat.org/title/boomer-burden-dealing-with-your-parents-lifetime-accumulation-of-stuff/oclc/185033318&referer=brief_results

Here is a description of the book from its Amazon link - you can check customer reviews on that page as well:
"A practical guide to advise Baby Boomers how to deal with the daunting task of facing a parents' eventual passing as it relates to residential contents, heirlooms, and the often difficult family interactions and feuds that accompany them.

With fascinating stories and comprehensive checklists, professional estate liquidator Julie Hall walks Baby Boomers through the often painful challenge of dividing the wealth and property of their parents' lifetime accumulation of stuff. From preparation while the parent is still living through compassionately helping them empty the family home, The Estate Lady® gives invaluable tips on negotiating the inevitable disputes, avoiding exploitation from scam artists, and eventually closing the chapter of their lives in a way that preserves relationships and maximizes value of assets."

If you have the chance to bring in speakers for your next cancer support group or conference, you might consider asking Ms. Hall to present - here is her web link:
http://www.theestatelady.com/about_julie_hall.html.

I have friends that are facing difficult situations with splitting up their parents' possessions with siblings, and I would like to lessen the burden for others. This book might be the conversation starter you have been looking for. Face it - we WILL be going through this, either for our own stuff, or our parents, so let's try to make it easier on each other.

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

Teri--sounds like a great book, although I have to admit that the whole topic of dealing with STUFF makes me tired.

 
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