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"The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death"


On this edition of ST, a nuts-and-bolts discussion of a topic that few of us actually want to talk about. Nevertheless, our program covers some important ground today; our guest is Scott Taylor Smith, a venture capitalist and lawyer in California, who talks about his new book, "When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death." This is a useful and readable guidebook that is --- as was noted in the Library Home Journal --- "well-organized, succinct, and detailed without being overwhelming.... Readers facing the death of a loved one...should find this guide both instructive and comforting." After all, making arrangements after a loved one's death is something that many if not most of us will have to deal with --- at some point. And as Smith tells us on this installment of our show, his book really does cover all the bases, so to speak: making funeral and memorial service arrangements, writing an obituary, estate planning, contacting family and friends, handling your loved one's online footprint, navigating probate, dealing with finances (including trusts and taxation), and more. (For more information about this book, please feel free to visit this website.)

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