Do you really want to pick up estate planning books and add them to your bedside table? Probably not (and we understand). That’s why we’ve decided to do the reading for you and sift through the legions of estate planning books out there and give you four that are definitely worth your time. It’s handy to have a go-to reference for your estate planning needs, whether you’ll be working with an attorney or handling the details on your own. We hope these four estate planning books will get you set in the right direction and give you the information you need to make the most informed decisions possible for you and your loved ones.
Creating the Good Will: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Both the Financial and Emotional Sides of Passing on Your Legacy by Elizabeth Arnold
It doesn’t get any better than when an estate planning book combines plain language with the art of compassion. This book helps you take a deeper look at your personal values and how to apply them to your estate planning decisions and the process of crafting a will.
Beyond the Grave: The Right Way and the Wrong Way of Leaving Money To Your Children (and Others) revised edition by Gerald M. Condon
Do you ever wonder what those who receive your financial bequests will do with the money? Written by an attorney, this book takes a real-world look at the implications of willed money and how you can make smart decisions on sharing your wealth with those you love through your estate planning.
Estate Planning Smarts: A Practical, User-Friendly, Action-Oriented Guide by Deborah Jacobs
If you need a book complete with charts and how-tos, this might the the best estate planning book for the do-it-yourselfers. An added bonus is the intermingling of personal stories to help you see how others applied the ideas discussed to their own estate planning processes.
The Executor’s Guide: Settling a Loved One’s Estate or Trust by Mary Randolph J.D.
Whether you know that you’ll eventually be someone’s executor or are in the process of designating the executors for your estate, this is an invaluable guide. It’s a concise guide that takes the guesswork out of how to handle the executor role and helps explain potentially confusing legalese so you can focus on what needs to be done. Potentially a great gift to share with your future executor.