Everything you need to get organized
Do your loved ones know where to find your life insurance policies, online banking passwords, real estate deeds, or even your will?
If you’re like a lot of people, you keep important information―from the whereabouts of family heirlooms to online passwords to automatic bill-pay details―in your head or stashed in the odd desk drawer. Unfortunately, this disorganization will likely cause hassles for those who someday take care of you or your estate.
Get It Together provides an easy, straightforward method to help you and others keep track of:
We’ve reorganized this 9th edition to make the process more straightforward. In the first half, you’ll find the pages to create your personal planner. In the second half, you’ll find step-by-step instructions and helpful resources.
With downloadable forms: organize your records using worksheets (details inside). Save the worksheets to your computer and then complete, print, and store them at your convenience.
This workbook provides a complete system for structuring and organizing your information and documents into a records binder. For your ease, a companion Binder & Tab Set is also available on Amazon. To purchase, search for "get it together binder and tab set."
Get It Together is a compassionate guide to end-of-life planning. Melanie Cullen’s Get It Together is a detailed guide to getting your end-of-life ducks in a row.
No one wants to think about their own death or what happens once they’re gone; the same goes for thinking about the death of a loved one. But without proper planning, this grief-filled inevitability can be fraught with frustration, added pain, and legal issues for those left behind. Aside from the emotional weight, thinking through every element of a death and getting everything organized can be overwhelming. Cullen’s clear-eyed guide will help to make the process as smooth as possible.
The book’s main focus is on organizing the information and documentation that a loved one would need to honor the wishes and commitments of a departed person. There’s space in the second half of the book to fill in answers; information and documentation can be also organized in a binder, available separately. All the mentioned forms can be downloaded and tailored to an individual’s needs.
Covered topics include healthcare, finances, dependent care, and funeral planning. From practical considerations, like coordinating care for children, pets, and other dependents, to the nostalgic ones, like a writing a last letter to loved ones, it is easy to understand why this would be regarded as a trusted guide. This edition builds on the seven previous ones, considering every possibility and infusing every recommendation with empathy and wisdom.
Helpful examples arise throughout the book’s explanations and are designed to jump start the planning process. There are tips for putting together the recommended binder, lists of additional resources, and advice about when to get professional help, such as for setting up trusts. Practical information, like estimates for burial costs, is also included.
Beyond the book’s wealth of wisdom, its most helpful feature is its compassion. Each tip and element of the book’s layout reflects care and concern for those completing their binders and their loved ones. It becomes evident that, no matter a person’s personal situation, looking ahead and preparing for death is an important and empowering task. By revealing all of the choices that can be made and by making communication regarding death easier, the book imparts a sense of control over what cannot be controlled." Reviewed by Melissa Wuske, Foreword Clarion Reviews
"Provides a guide to collecting and organizing important records, and how to store and protect them, for readers and their family members." Reference & Research Book News
“Offers a detailed, step-by-step process for gathering records and key documents and organizing them for future use.” Sacramento Bee
From the Author: When my mother was sick, she and I discussed a few important items: her final arrangements; her insurance agent, attorney, and financial advisor; the location of her safe deposit box. Although sparse, these bits of information were precious to me when the time came. Soon after she passed, I created a personal planner with my own important information and records―the basis for Get It Together. Get It Together is a guide and resource to help you create your own personal planner―an organizer for you and an eventual road map for your loved ones. It covers 28 topics, including you, your family, your work endeavors; your assets and liabilities; your estate planning and final wishes. It provides a framework for newlyweds and parents, for those planning travel or deployment, for seniors―really, for all mortals.
Melanie Cullen holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She has served in executive management and business consulting in support of technology, distribution operations management, and strategic management.
Melanie enjoys the blessings of Get It Together, relying on her own personal planner for many years. She rests easy knowing that its road map will bless her loved ones when the time comes. She wishes the same for you and yours.
Shae Irving has written and edited for Nolo since 1994, specializing in estate planning and family law issues. She has written or co-written books and software, including Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair and Lasting Contract, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for California, and Nolo's Quicken WillMaker Plus software. Shae graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.