Top positive review
wow, i really had no idea until i read this book!
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2019
I've never even heard of the word probate before so i could be in the minority here but i never knew that the process of handling the affairs of the deceased can be so complicated. my initial reaction towards the legal procedures was a bit bitter and virulent thinking that the courts just want to seem more important than they really are and make revenue at our expenses but, by the end of the book, i'm now actually glad the whole thing is super complex. It's really the only way to prevent bad people from stealing money from the deceased (or their friends and families). Anthony does a real good job providing examples and relatable reasons concerning this throughout the book.
The 2 topics that had my biggest attention were:
1) you can decline to be the executor (person who carries out the requests made in a will) without looking like a jerk when a will states you as the executor. i never knew that there would be a legitimate reason to decline, let alone, under certain circumstances, declining is actually the nice thing to do. laziness and apathy, apparently, are not the only reasons why people refuse the requests of a deceased.
2) you can get in trouble for trying to help out (as the executor). man, whatever happened to the spirit of being a good samaritan? it's funny that i can't get in trouble for offering assistance to someone who needs help but i can get in trouble for trying to help someone who is dead. (you have to read the book, this topic was super fascinating to me)
For those of us who are nearing that age where our parents are beginning to consider these things... the wealth of information found in this little, concise, well written book is truly invaluable, for us and our family.