Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To (Book with CD-Rom)

 
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Everyone has important paperwork but not everyone is prepared to find it. Whether readers need to organize records for themselves or their survivors, Get It Together shows them how.

Designed for ease of use by both readers and their survivors, Get It Together helps them track down:

? instructions for survivors ? final arrangements ? estate planning documents ? employment records ? insurance policies ? tax records ? retirement accounts ? government benefits ? real estate records ? and much more

A CD-ROM lets them fill out the workbook on their computers so they can simply print their work and put it in a binder. Contains legal and practical guidance for each of the topics covered, including the following: Personal Letter to Survivors- Final Arrangements: Organ Donation; Burial or Cremation; Funerals and Memorial Services- Employment Records-Government Benefits-Real Estate Practical Instructions for Survivors-Obituary-Insurance Policies-Credit Cards and Other Debts- Business Interests Biographical Information- Will and Trusts-Tax Records-Secured Places and Passwords-Vehicles Health Care Directives-Children and Other Dependents Bank and Brokerage Accounts-Memberships-Additional Personal Property Durable Power of Attorney for Finances-Pets and Livestock- Retirement Accounts and Pension Plans- Service Providers-Other Important Information And much more

Customer Reviews:

  • Great idea, well done
    I love virtually all of the Nolo Press publications I have bought. This one is a great idea, and they did a great job with it. If you are well organized, you may not need this book, but it will still make things easier. If you aren't well organized, this book would provide very helpful advice on what info to have recorded so that others can access it if needed. It's also a great motivator to actually do these chores, since the chores are made easier. This book provided LOTS of advice, not just empty lines to fill in info. Can also use the CD to do it on a computer.
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  • Thorough, Understandable and Invaluable!
    I wasn't sure how much I'd benefit from this book, as I already have a couple of software packages that cover much of the same material. But Melanie Cullen's "Get It Together" is far more comprehensive than those other products, covering not only the expected basics but everything from arranging pet care to what epitaph you'd like on a headstone.

    More than just an instruction book, this oversized volume allows you to enter your important data step by step (and includes additional forms on a CD ROM). Be warned - it's going to take considerable time and effort to fill everything out...but having this information collected may save your loved ones huge amounts of time, money, and emotional pain.

    As usual, NOLO makes the material accessible and easy to understand. Very highly recommended!...more info
  • Necessary Book for A Serious Subject
    This book begins with a note from the author Melanie Cullen who lost her mother unexpectedly and realized that a book like this was necessary. She explains what it was like to have to look for information regarding her mom while still in shock over her mom's death. She explains that a book like this will allow the reader to:

    1. help loved ones have everything handy to reduce their burden in a time of shock and mourning;
    2. experience the freedom of facing one's mortality and addressing unfinished business; and,
    3. have the satisfaction of organizing one's affairs.

    As someone who lost my mom unexpectedly as well, Mrs. Cullen makes good use of this book. She knows what it is like to lose someone and have to go through their records to find important information when you really want to be mourning the loss of some one special. She also recognizes that it is not easy for some to deal with their mortality and organize records.

    The book is broken down into 28 chapters dealing with different aspects of planning for your death. Some subjects deal with funeral preparation including whether you would like to be buried or cremated, letters to loved ones and what you would in your obituary. Other subjects deal with organizational matter like where bank statements or computer passwords or insurance policies or safety deposit records are kept. Still other subjects deal with children or other family, friends or pets that are reliant on you.

    Each subject has easy to understand information that is thorough as well at suggestions to other sources if more information is needed.

    There is section at the end of the book where you can list this information in the book and a cd which includes forms that can be printed.

    This is a thorough book which addresses end of life matter that no one likes thinking about but needs to be done. Nolo has a great book on creating a will. This book is the perfect companion.


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  • Great Organizational Reference Guide
    This Nolo Planner is an excellent guide for organizing personal documents either for yourself or a loved one. While it brings up topics many of us would not like to think about, it is something we should all do at one time or another. It is written in an easy to understand manner with interesting topics and has a wealth of ideas and resources for further information, both on the Nolo website and other resources related to the topic the particular chapter covers. This book also comes with a CD-ROM that includes documents to put your Planner together both in PDF and RTF form. Some reviewers have expressed frustration with finding the RTF documents. Both are on the CD. When the CD installs, it only installs the PDF version. If you use the My Computer window to read the CD drive, right click on the CD Drive and select the Explore menue to find the Planner Files folder. Copy this folder to your hard drive. This will allow you to work with the documents on your computer. Since they are RTF or Rich Text Format documents, any word processing program like Word, Word Perfect, etc. will be able to open them and you can save them with a different name to customize the documents to your needs.

    The Planner contains sections for everything from Letters to you Loved Ones, kids, pets, memberships and other things you would not normally think of. Is is a great reminder of the many things you would otherwise forget to include when organizing important documents. Everyone may not need or require all of the chapter topics, but there are some great ideas for customizing the planner to your needs. As I mentioned before the references are excellent for finding out more information for specialty topics such as legal and medical matters with information about organizations to contact for more information. It is not an official legal book, but the Nolo website, wwww.nolo.com, is a great place to start searching for more information. My mother passed away over 10 years ago and I wish I had a planner guide like this to assist me. It has helped me to better organize my own information. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs to plan for their own future or that of a loved one, it has a wealth of information valuable to anyone....more info
  • Planning for the inevitable...
    Get It Together
    Organize Your Records so Your Family Won't Have To
    Melanie Cullen
    Nolo, 2008
    ISBN: 9781413309097
    Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 2/09
    4 stars
    Planning for the inevitable...
    Illness or death will make it necessary for someone to access your records Get It Together will make their job easier. A systematic process is thoroughly explained for organizing your important papers. One of the steps I had not thought of was the letter. I am amazed at the detail of Get It Together. Burial instructions, obituary, wills, trusts, power of attorney, living wills are just a few of the topics discussed in great detail. My one complaint is the documents on the CD Rom. I would suggest these documents should be a different format, preferably Word. I also suggest that a spiral binding would be easier to work with when making copies. All in all, this is a great book and will benefit everyone.
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  • A family survival guide
    "Get It Together" is a great resource, filled with worksheets, checklists, and step-by-step instructions. It also includes a Windows-based CD-ROM for printing out selected documents and resources. It probably contains more information than most people will need, but it is a good preparation guide for family and loved ones. It's like a family survival guide for when you're no longer here.

    It discusses burial and cremation options, organs and body donation, funeral and memorial services, healthcare directives, small business ownership, and durable power of attorney finances, and the like. Nearly all the material your family will need can be stored in a paper folder and on your computer. Upon your passing away, your family and loved ones will have the necessary documents and information they need about you, your business, employment, and personal life. It's also a useful guide for personal and family planning in general. ...more info
  • The Other "Life" Insurance
    Sometime ago, my grandmother passed away unexpectantly and at an early age. She left an incomplete estate without a will or trust to her name. I remember the horror of watching her 12 children argue and push each other over what little she had left them and I remember how the pain only got compounded when probate and estate taxes came into the picture. Add to this the fact that not all of her assets and liabilities were easy to track down and not all of them were named in beneficiaries that were useful or had lawful capacity to serve as beneficiaries. I remember the nights that my mother spent awake, crying and trying to sort through all of the mess as she dug through all of the tedious paperwork, all the while having to figure out how to come up with money for a decent funeral at time when we were barely above the poverty line.

    This memories I took with me as a child and vowed to myself that this would never happen to me or my siblings, so I got my parents and myself copies of this book. This book is a virtual godsend to anyone who wants to have a comprehensive view on planning their estate and keeping their records clear and organized so that one's heirs will have no trouble knowing exactly where to go and what to do to ensure a smooth, painless transition. Surely, it's no substitute for a well-trained attorney on these subjects, but it will definitely save you much money in billable hours and consultation fees that would have otherwise been better spent on preparing your legal documents and tailoring your estate to your specific needs.

    This book is indeed comprehensive. It has everything in it from your organ donation wishes to auto title records. Everything. It's as if Nolo took several of their best books and put them into one. I think they're doing the consumer a real service by putting out such a book, and they are in turn definitely saving a lot of families from potential heartbreak and stress in the future....more info
  • Not sure if this is needed.
    I've been trying to write a decent review of this software. Most of this can be done through a will or just some minor record keeping. I'm really not sure if a whole software package is really needed.

    My dad passed away and while we had some scrambling going on, I'm not certain much of this is really needed that a good will wouldn't cover. I guess if you have a lot of assets or if you have a lot of unclosed items, it's useful, but overall it seems redundant to simple record keeping.

    I didn't really find anything of use for personal record keeping....more info
  • Great all in one Advice about important matters
    While it wouldn't make a good wedding present or baby gift, its ideal for people who are just married or having children and are in the time of their lives in which they should have their papers in order and plans for the future. It provides an overview of everything that should be in your "planner" and then covers each in more detail in the book. It includes tips on letter and instructions to loved ones following your demise, how to plan for children, dependents and pets, dealing with employers or business interests, health care directives, and other legal and financial issues.

    I thought I had things pretty well in order but with this book I discovered there was more to be done. ...more info
  • Leave Your Family Prepared
    My battle with a very treatable form of breast cancer earlier this year already feels like a memory as I continue on my road to recovery. But a few of the lasting effects of viewing your own mortality have stuck with me, and one of them is the concern that I get my "act together" in the event that something might suddenly happen to me. Since I am the primary "finance person" in our home, I am concerned with getting things in better order both for my own peace of mind and for my family's sake.

    To this end, I am happy that I recently had the opportunity to review Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To (book with CD-Rom) from Nolo by Melanie Cullen.

    If you're an organized person, you may already have much of this information pulled together. But if you are not, or like me you haven't anticipated the need to have it all in one place, this book is a great tool for helping you work through the process. The book contains 28 chapters and a seven step process for creating and compiling your own planner. It's a huge resource, filled with all sorts of helpful information. At first glance, it may feel a bit daunting to take on such a large task, but I'm hoping that by working through the book at a one chapter per week pace, I will have my family files organized within the next six months.

    Please consider joining me in the process and don't wait until tragedy strikes or it's too late to put your affairs in order. This is a lasting legacy of personal productivity we can leave for those who love us most!...more info
  • Great Organizational Reference Guide
    This Nolo Planner is an excellent guide for organizing personal documents either for yourself or a loved one. While it brings up topics many of us would not like to think about, it is something we should all do at one time or another. It is written in an easy to understand manner with interesting topics and has a wealth of ideas and resources for further information, both on the Nolo website and other resources related to the topic the particular chapter covers. This book also comes with a CD-ROM that includes documents to put your Planner together both in PDF and RTF form. Some reviewers have expressed frustration with finding the RTF documents. Both are on the CD. When the CD installs, it only installs the PDF version. If you use the My Computer window to read the CD drive, right click on the CD Drive and select the Explore menue to find the Planner Files folder. Copy this folder to your hard drive. This will allow you to work with the documents on your computer. Since they are RTF or Rich Text Format documents, any word processing program like Word, Word Perfect, etc. will be able to open them and you can save them with a different name to customize the documents to your needs.

    The Planner contains sections for everything from Letters to you Loved Ones, kids, pets, memberships and other things you would not normally think of. Is is a great reminder of the many things you would otherwise forget to include when organizing important documents. Everyone may not need or require all of the chapter topics, but there are some great ideas for customizing the planner to your needs. As I mentioned before the references are excellent for finding out more information for specialty topics such as legal and medical matters with information about organizations to contact for more information. It is not an official legal book, but the Nolo website, wwww.nolo.com, is a great place to start searching for more information. My mother passed away over 10 years ago and I wish I had a planner guide like this to assist me. It has helped me to better organize my own information. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs to plan for their own future or that of a loved one, it has a wealth of information valuable to anyone....more info
  • Planning for the inevitable...
    Get It Together
    Organize Your Records so Your Family Won't Have To
    Melanie Cullen
    Nolo, 2008
    ISBN: 9781413309097
    Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 2/09
    4 stars
    Planning for the inevitable...
    Illness or death will make it necessary for someone to access your records Get It Together will make their job easier. A systematic process is thoroughly explained for organizing your important papers. One of the steps I had not thought of was the letter. I am amazed at the detail of Get It Together. Burial instructions, obituary, wills, trusts, power of attorney, living wills are just a few of the topics discussed in great detail. My one complaint is the documents on the CD Rom. I would suggest these documents should be a different format, preferably Word. I also suggest that a spiral binding would be easier to work with when making copies. All in all, this is a great book and will benefit everyone.
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  • Step by step guide for getting organized.
    If you are wanting to get your affairs in order, for whatever reason, this is the book for you.

    Along with the Book come a CD with Forms and the NOLO.COM website. NOLO is the oldest provider of legal information. "Get It Together" is like having a team of attorneys working for you.

    Chapters include: Letter to Loved Ones. Biographical Information. Children. Others Who Depend On Me. Pets and Livestock. Employment. Business Interests. Memberships. Service Providers. Health Care Directives. Durable Power of Attorney for Finances. Organ or Body Donation. Burial or Cremation. Funeral and Memorial Services. Obituary. Will and Trust. Insurance. Bank and Brokerage Accounts. Retirement Plans and Pensions. Government Benefits. Credit Cards and Debts. Secured Places and Passwords. Taxes. Real Estate. Vehicles. Other Income and Personal Property.

    Very professional and yet readable book about getting one's life in order in my opinion....more info
  • Very much needed book, and very well thought out
    It is really difficult to get excited about doing the tedious task of getting together your insurance, last wishes, finances, etc. gathered together for when the time comes that your family needs the information. But this truly is the best thing you could possibly do for your loved ones. Having been through trying to sort out what was what due to unexpected deaths, this book will hopefully save others from that particular nightmare. The sections were well though out, the CD rom with the forms was very welcome....can't imagine it could be improved much unless they could automate it to dig through your papers and mind and do this for you. The material was extensive, I would have preferred a bit less information I think, but that is just me- since I admit I am unorganized and hate doing things like this. ...more info
  • Very helpful organizer!
    This book (and CD) is very helpful in getting your estate organized. It takes you step by step through everything you need to do to ease your family through a most difficult time. No one wants to think about their death, so it's so easy to not do any organizing. This book makes the entire process a bit easier. It covers some things I never would have thought to have done, so I do recommend this book....more info
  • At a Glance
    This is a great book with a Cd for your to get all of your paperwork together. So that your family will not have to question or wonder where anything is.

    Take the time to purchase this, all families need one....more info
  • 3rd edition, Oct 2008
    This is not a will program nor helps with establishing wills as one other reviewer thought. If you want help with wills then I would recommend Quicken Will Maker Plus program, Quicken Willmaker Plus 2009 Edition: Estate Planning Essentials (Book with Software).

    This book and CD are designed to help you get all your birth records, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, military DD214, family bills, pets info, letter to loved ones, etc all together in one spot. Suggested is a binder where you keep all this information. This book certainly covers all the stuff you'll need in case of your demise, either death or incapacitation.

    It starts with "Letter to Your Loved Ones," which I would suggest completing last as it will put you in tears trying to write such a heart felt letter right off the bat. Start with getting marriage certificiates, death certificates, SS cards, military records, etc in order first. Those are pieces of paper that you can be in the process of ordering while you think about your "last letter."

    The book gives addresses or people to contact to obtain all your needed records to include using the SF Form 180 to obtain military records for yourself or deceased relatives. What I really liked about the book is it includes information about others who depend on you. You may have children out of state who don't know you pick up precriptions from the pharmacy each week for an elderly lady from church. Or that you take a neighborhood shut-in lunch. It's all those little things that you do that have a big impact on other people's lives should you not be around anymore (for whatever reason).

    The other big section is your family tree. That in itself is a project for anyone who has ever started such a task. The best resource would be ancestry. com. There is a section on caring for your pets, and your wishes regarding their care should you not be able to take care of them anymore to include any meds or diets they may have.

    All the forms are printed hard copy in the book as well as an attached CD that included forms in Word or PDF. This book is highly recommended, just be prepared to complete chapter one with a box of tissues.
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  • Excellent guide for organizing essential information and important documents
    Unfortunately, I have had far too many phone calls with the spouse or child of a client who has passed away, and the surviving family members know nothing about the deceased's business matters and so forth. Even those that do form wills or trusts forget to take care of other matters that can be so helpful after a person is gone.

    I found the 3rd edition of "Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family won't Have To" by Melanie Cullen with Shae Irving, J.D. to be a very helpful and practical guide for gathering records and key documents and organizing them for future use. It clearly lays out a method to help you and more importantly, those you leave behind, organize and keep track of essential information and important documents.

    The book comes with a CD-ROM that contains all of the forms found in the book in Word format so you can do everything on your computer. For those that don't want to use a computer, you can copy the forms from the book and use them that way.

    The book actually covers a lot of things that most people never think about. I know it contained elements that made me go, yeah, I should do that. The book starts out with a short chapter on the importance of planning and how to use the book and what the planner contains.

    The book then contains twenty-eight chapters that relate to the sections of your planner. A person could do every section, or may chose not to do section that are not relevant to their situation. Appendix A shows how to use the CD-ROM. Appendix B provides a little information on finding lawyers or other experts you may need to assist you with your planning. After Appendix B, the following pages are title "My Planner" and consists of twenty-eight forms that you can fill in and once complete will be your planner and record of all your important information. All of these forms are found on the CD-ROM so you could do them on the computer, or print them out if you didn't want to write in the book or make copies from the book. I noticed in the back of the book that NOLO also sells a binder that has tabbed sections that correspond with the worksheets in this book, so one could purchase that to house the plan once completed.

    Now let's look at the twenty-eight parts of the planner and what they consist of. 1. Letter to Loved Ones. A nice thing to leave to those you love. 2. Instructions. Good basic information about what those you care about should do. 3. Biographical Information. 4. Children. Arranging care, etc. 5. Others Who Depend on Me. 6. Pets and Livestock. 7. Employment. Benefits, etc. 8. Business Interests. Estate planning and other tips for business owners. 9. Memberships. Professional, educational, social, etc. 10. Service Providers. Medical, dental, personal, etc. 11. Health Care Directives. 12. Durable Power of Attorney for Finances. 13. Organ or Body Donation. 14. Burial or Cremation. These and related decisions. 15. Funeral and Memorial Services. 16. Obituary. 17. Will and Trust. Longer chapter with good basic information. 18. Insurance. Types needed, organizing what you have. 19. Bank and Brokerage Accounts. 20. Retirement Plans and Pensions. 21. Government Benefits. 22. Credit Cards and Debts. 23. Secured Places and Passwords. 24. Taxes. 25. Real Estate. 26. Vehicles. 27. Other Income and Personal Property. And finally 28. Other Information.

    Each section of the book contains information to help you with that section, and also where to go for additional assistance. The chapters also let you know what should be in your planner. The accompanying forms are easy to fill out and keep that information organized.

    Reading through this book made me realize some of the things I've neglected to do. If something were to happen to me tomorrow, my family would have difficulty with some of my things. Even though I "know" a lot of this, it is easy to not get to it and let things go. I can see how going through this book and actually making a planner with the included forms would greatly benefit those I leave behind. Just as I think it would benefit anyone. I've just added another goal for this year, to complete an important record and essential document planner for myself. I will use "Get It Together" as my guide to do this. I recommend you do the same, and this book is a good resource for doing it.

    Reviewed by Alain Burrese, author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks and the dvds: Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking Essentials series and articles including a regular column on negotiation for The Montana Lawyer. Alain Also wrote a series of articles called Lessons From The Apprentice. ...more info
  • As usual, another very useful book from Nolo Press
    Another excellent and useful planner from Nolo Press, especially if you aren't a naturally organized person. If you are organized, and somewhat knowledgeable about estate planning, and have one of their Willmaker type software programs, you may not need this book, but even then it can come in handy.
    If you have trouble with organizing papers and so forth, this is a must!
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  • A gentle, thorough system, even for an ostrich like me!
    I've been left to pick up the pieces after a loved one's death and would not wish that experience on my family. That said, exactly because the subject was so intensely emotional, I'd put off meaningful gathering and preparation.

    A recent experience I watched unfold showed me how selfish that approach was and I started looking for a method to pull together information. This book came highly recommended, and I liked the idea of the accompanying CD-Rom.

    We've been making progress with our worksheets (I printed one file for each of us, with a master file for joint things like checking/savings accounts and our home). When we're almost done, we'll sit down with a professional and use this material to develop a living trust.

    The author's manner throughout is professional and yet compassionate. Instructions are easy to understand, yet there's not a feel that you're being talked down to. You also can hop from one place to another in the book and worksheets as your information and mood take you.

    I'd add these suggestions to the process:

    * If you don't already have a grid of account numbers, simply gather your monthly statements now, while you're waiting for the book to arrive, and add new statements as they come in.

    * "Tax time" is a perfect time to work on the financial sections, since you've probably got a lot of materials more at your fingertips than you do at other times of year.

    * Practice security wisely. Keep the material at home, preferably locked up. Although you can work on the files on your computer, I would advise very strongly against leaving them on your drive. Either secure the printouts or archive your documents on a removable drive, which you then secure.

    * There's a note that no tech support is available for non-Windows users. I have found that the CD operates easily and flawlessly on the Mac OS X platform.

    * If you're reluctant for time or emotional reasons, you'll find that you can get a lot done in 20-minute chunks. For the same reason, turn to the portions where you indicate your wishes (remembrance service? full-blown viewing and service?) since your voice will provide comfort and solace to those you leave behind.

    Note: This review is of the second edition of the book, which was purchased directly from Amazon. A newer version, also with a companion CD-Rom, is available. This link Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To (book with CD-Rom) is to that version; this second link Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To (book with CD-Rom) will take you to the Kindle version. While the Kindle is a great way to build an archive of reference materials, because the worksheets can take some time, my preference for this volume is to stick with a physical book and CD-Rom.
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  • Not as expected
    We were hoping to set up a will and living directive, but the CD didn't have that. The forms are in PDF format so you print them off and fill them out?? Not sure why that is, deliver a Word doc so people can type it in. It's a great get all the information together type of book, just not great on the other parts of what to do if you become incapacitated type situations. ...more info
  • Everyone has important paperwork and legal information which loved ones should have access to
    Everyone has important paperwork and legal information which loved ones should have access to: GET IT TOGETHER: ORGANIZE YOUR RECORDS SO YOUR FAMILY WON'T HAVE TO appears in its second updated edition to tell how to sort important records, help your family find needed information, and how to do so with or without a computer in hand. Step-by-step descriptions of what documents will be needed, how to organize and protect them, and how to provide selected users with keys for finding them quickly make GET IT TOGETHER a top pick for any public library reference section....more info
  • Covered All The Bases...And More
    I bought this book thru Amazon in June 2006 because of my experiences working with a close friend who had just lost his father rather unexpectedly. My friend faced a monstrous task of trying to track down his father's assets, business records, last will, credit accounts, etc. just to scratch the surface. As a participant in his frustration, I began to think about the arrangement of my personal life and how my loved ones would tend to my estate.

    "Get It Together" brings so much to the table to deal with. I think most people refuse to face their mortality and the task of making such arrangements, let alone there really is a large volume of papers, decisions, conversations, and organization to be handled. GIT is very thorough in all topic areas (see Table of Contents). The book discusses the emotions involved with each topic area, numerous websites to obtain additional information, what to get a copy of, keeping the info current and arranging your "estate" or life, for that matter, to benefit those close to you.

    My parents or other people I look up to would never or be highly uncomfortable discussing these topics in detail. This book is perfect to compensate for the lack of those conversations. Now, just a warning for those willing to purchase and conform to this book. I was quite diligent in following all their instructions and recommendations to the "t". It took longer than expected, about 12 weekends, until I had gathered and organized everything to my satisfaction and I don't have a wife, kids or other complicated situations...just me alone.

    But I have such a peace of mind that my successors will have no trouble making decisions or tracking down stuff because it's all there with explicit directions from me. I find going forward that I try to keep my life organized in a simple fashion and refuse to take on unnecessary stuff that I will need to add to my planner. And I feel no stress at all looking at my desk now because all the meaningless clutter is gone and GIT was a big reason for that.

    Finally, the greatest resource is the forms CD included with the book, which saves a great deal of time when the organizing process starts and got me unstuck in some areas....more info
  • Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To by Melanie Cullen
    My mother died suddenly and left her estate in a total mess. I was left shocked, grief-stricken and alone in struggling to make sense of what needed to be done. I wouldn't wish that ordeal on anyone let alone on those I love. This workbook and companion organizer is the perfect solution. Nothing will be left to guesswork if I am incapacitated or dead. It is thorough yet simply organized and written from a compassionate perspective. It is a gift of love to provide this kind of direction to those who must make decisions on your behalf....more info
  • Just What I Needed
    I've recently retired and am looking forward to years of "re-engaging" with activities I haven't had time to focus on during all those years of full-time work and rearing children. Get it Together is exactly what I needed to provide essential background information and help me organize all the documentation I want my family to have. Now I can travel and do the things I've been looking forward to without worrying about whether my children will be able to figure out what I would have wanted them to know in case something should happen to me.

    Get it Together has given me an entree to discuss things with my children and to encourage them to do their own planning for the future....more info