A book that should be required reading for anyone over twenty! “the Boomer Burden”, while targeted towards the baby boomer generation, is an excellent how-to handbook for dealing with aging parents and the eventual burden of settling their estate. The book is written with the children in mind, but also includes sections targeted to the parents with open and clear advice on everything from: when and how to suggest additional home help, when and how to suggest and find alternate living facilities, actions and checklists to help both living parents and aging children prepare for the myriad details involved in settling and clearing out an estate.
This book is divided into chapters, each detailing a time or situation adult children will eventually face. The checklists are easy to follow, the advice is sound, and the suggestions for aging parents on making these actions easier for their children are priceless. Julie Hall is “The Estate Lady” and works with families to value and clear their estates. She has some funny, sad, and shocking stories about the good, the bad, and the ugly of dividing and clearing estates.
Because this is an issue 95% of adults would prefer to avoid, many are caught by surprise by the challenges and burdens we will all have to face when our parents or other close loved one dies. Reading this book certainly opened my eyes to the many details and problems around dividing an estate, even if that estate has minimal worth. It’s given me the push I needed to try and simplify and organize my current affairs (even though I’m only in my mid-40s) because I realize that making that time easier on my children will be one of the most loving gifts I can provide. I fully intend to buy a copy to send to my parents too!