Attending to end of life issues is never easy, but one thing is certain: failing to address them will undoubtedly increase the difficulties that one's family and friends will have to face when inevitable happens.
Leaving a tidy estate generally involves two things: making a Will and writing a Letter of Wishes. Patricia C Byron has written two books to help you tackle both. To hear why only writing a Will is not enough, and the importance of writing the much neglected Letter of Wishes, listen to author's interview with Jenni Murray on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.....
LAST ORDERS SECOND EDITION
Your Executors' Guide to Your Letter of Wishes
By Patricia C Byron
New, improved and brimful with impartial advice and practical information, this book will go a long way to making a difficult subject simpler for you, your family and the executors of your Will. It will help you make informed decisions, save an incalculable amount of stress for your family and will offer invaluable assistance for your executors.
By carrying out some simple forward planning by completing your Last Orders you will effectively be lending a helping hand at a time when your nearest and dearest need it most. From whom to contact, the location of your Will, your funeral wishes, how to distribute your belongings, the care of your pet and more, this book will replace confusion with clarity. And, have no doubt, once this checklist is needed by your executors, you will be thanked endlessly for having taken the time to assist them.
The first edition was recommended to clients by top tier law firms, Will writers, financial advisors and - not least - used by thousands of families across the U.K. This second edition this book will save time, untold levels of angst and take most, if not all, of the guesswork out of administering your estate.
The First Edition was featured in:
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners Journal
Manchester Law Society Messenger
Cancer Nursing Practice
Great British Life Website
120 pages, 678g
28 x 21 Hardback
Published in May 2019 by
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The Professionals' reviews
"An indispensible aid to anyone who has to tackle the affairs of a loved one especially at a time of grief. For the executor, it will be a tremendous time saving exercise..."
"For guidance on making end of
life provision, we particularly
like the book Last Orders, by
Patricia C Byron, which has sections to fill in that guide you through leaving a letter of wishes detailing funeral arrangements and other concerns."
"One of the intended consequences of Last Orders is to prompt the reader to discuss the issues
raised and their wishes with their family and friends. I hope the author appreciates just how valuable this is at heading off potential
post-death arguments and perhaps even avoiding costly litigation.....The writer (of this article) would wholeheartedly recommend this book for both clients and practitioners alike."
"This was recommended to me by a patient at the hospice where I work. It is essential reading for somebody who wants to get everything in place before saying their
"A splendid little book which steers a person throught the essentials "
LONDON TAX ADVISORS
"..... the modest cost will be one of your best investments"
EDINBURGH LAW FIRM
Readers' reviews *courtesy of Amazon
"I have just had to organise my elderly mother's affairs after her death ... so glad that using "Last Orders" will save my family the complications and worries I had to deal with."
"This is a brilliant book, a marvellous idea and a must to go alongside
"excellent for my needs"
"excellent aide memoir would recommend everyone should complete - save a lot time and anxiety for loved ones left behind."
"A difficult subject
"This made an old lady very happy!"
"This is simply the best idea I've seen in ages. It covers absolutely everything in
a clear and simple way. If you've gone through the trouble of producing a Will then you should definitely get
'Last Orders' and complete the job.
It's a 'must have'."
"An excellent book which could be of great help to the family. Fill it in, put it somewhere safe and forget it...The family will find it when it's needed."
"It seemed to make such good sense to note down all the important details of one's life ... from where the keys are kept to what kind of funeral one would like ... before it is too late to tell anyone."
"This is an extremely helpful book with an amazing
range of topics. Anything that can make life easier for
yourexecutors, especially in their time of grief,
is the greatest gift you can leave them."