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Prepublication Reviews

"A timely and much needed book on a vital subject...of interest and value to family members as well as probate and tax lawyers...This book is a detailed yet practical guide, in plain and simple language. People are perplexed and confused by the legalities and will ask, 'What do we do now?' I highly recommend this book for all the answers... a valuable and complete source on estate administration."

—Judge Ira G. Kaufman, Former Chief Judge, Wayne County Probate Court, Past President, Michigan Probate 
and Juvenile Judges Association

"This guide should have been written sooner! It puts into plain English the information survivors want and need to know. Many of the people I encountered during my career could have used this easy to follow, user friendly guide to wind their way through the legal maze."

—Doreen Dziepak Benson, Retired Public Affairs Specialist, 
Social Security Administration

"Excellent! Even after a comprehensive estate plan, I found this book to be a superb guide to many issues I confronted in the process. I wish I had read this book prior to sitting down with my attorney."

—Herbert Kaufman, Funeral Director, The Ira Kaufman Chapel, Inc.

"This will be the first reference book I reach for when I counsel my clients on estate matters! Amazingly comprehensive, yet easy to read and understand... The authors have drawn upon decades of experience in handling estates to cover everything you need to know during life which will affect your estate, and literally everything your family and Personal Representative will need to know at and after your death... An outstanding work by two professionals who are the best in their field."

—S. Sam Tootalian, CPA, Managing Partner
Purdy, Donovan & Beal, Certified Public Accountants

"This book makes the task of settling an estate less daunting for the layman. I especially liked the fact that the authors dealt with the real life issues that come up, specifically how to keep peace in the family! Too often, despite the best intentions of the deceased, adult children re-enact childhood scenarios, thereby creating 
more sadness for all involved."

—Pola Friedman, CFRE, Senior Development Officer 
Hospice of Michigan

"This book is as good as it gets! A thorough yet concise and sensitive treatment of a difficult subject which will be an invaluable 
companion to any family at a most trying time."

—Lesley Geary, Senior Producer, CNN Television

"An excellent resource for those who have to navigate the labyrinth of estate administration...sensitive to the emotional concerns of the survivors, yet practical enough that complicated issues are easily understood by the layperson. Especially useful are the checklists, the comprehensive Appendix (including many related Internet sites), as well as the combined expertise of the authors as they 
guide you through the system."

—Howard J. Mankoff, CLU, Financial Representative
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network