There was a great book review of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! that came out Friday. Here's a portion of it:
"If you do nothing else of consequence for your life in 2010, make a will."
According to University of Michigan graduates Andrew and Danielle Mayoras, both attorneys, two-thirds of Americans don't have one.
I do, and my editor has a trust, but an informal poll in the Heritage newsroom at an editorial meeting proved that of the nine people sitting there, two of us had a will.
And, truth be told, mine seriously needs updating.
Reading this book has compelled me to do something about it in a smarter way than I had done in the past.
The Detroit couple's book, "Trial and Heirs," will jump start you in the right direction, too. Not only is a fun read, but also an important one -- one that should become the basis of family meetings everywhere.
You'll learn why it's important for everyone to do estate planning. According to the authors, it protects families from fighting. They say the consequences of waiting to take care of it "someday" can be devastating.
The authors take what is a very dry subject and make it not only educational, but also interesting.
What's nice is there's not a lot of fine print to bog down readers in the process.
By taking estate cases of famous people and boiling them down to situations to which readers can relate, this book belongs in the library of every American over the age of 18.
Posted by: Andrew W. Mayoras & Danielle B. Mayoras, co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and co-founders and shareholders of The Center for Probate Litigation and The Center for Elder Law in metro-Detroit, Michigan, which concentrate in probate litigation, estate planning, and elder law. Andrew & Danielle are husband and wife attorneys.Follow us on Google+