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 the 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, Last Orders and The Good Will Guide, 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 the author's interview with Jenni Murray on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour as they discuss Last Orders.....
LAST ORDERS SECOND EDITION
Your Executors' Guide to Your Letter of Wishes
By Patricia C Byron
New, improved and brimful with invaluable information, tips and suggestions, this book will not only make a difficult subject more manageable for your family and the executors of your Will, it will also help you make vital, informed decisions about your funeral, finances and even your pet.
By taking the time to read, digest and complete it, you will effectively be lending a helping hand at a time when your family needs you most. From whom to contact, the location of your Will, how to distribute belongings, your last wishes and more, you can remove doubt and replace it with clarity. And, have no doubt, when the time comes, you will be thanked endlessly by your family and executors for having taken the time to assist them.
Used by thousands of families across the UK, the ground-breaking first edition has been recommended to clients by top tier law firms, Will-writers and financial advisors alike. This second edition will save your family and executors time, an incalculable amount of stress and take most, if not all, of the guesswork out of administering your estate.
Written, published and printed in the United Kingdom
LAST ORDERS; SECOND EDITION
YOUR EXECUTORS' GUIDE TO YOUR
LETTER OF WISHES
28 x 21 CM Hardback
Published in June 2019 by Stellar Books
£17.49 FREE P&P within the UK
The Professionals' reviews of Last Orders Second Edition
"Patricia C Byron’s excellent book is not about drafting a will but rather the importance of preparing a letter of wishes to your executors.
Last Orders covers your wishes on every conceivable subject connected to death, such as funeral arrangements, details of assets, and other details to make life less costly and stressful for the executor.
This book was written from the personal experience of deaths of people close to the author and the
consequent difficulties in making arrangements.
In endorsing solicitors’ expertise, the author also explores the various options for making wills. We need
to read books like this to advise clients properly."
"‘Last Orders” is a very practical guide to prompting and guiding the discussion with family and friends about what you want when you die…..with its detailed guidelines and checklist [it] really is the perfect way to start the conversation… "
Manchester Law Society Messenger
...an excellent book written from the heart and life experiences of being an executor. As a member of the Society of Will Writers and Will Writer myself I see so many families who suffer the loss of loved ones and have no idea what to do once they have passed away, this shouldn’t be a taboo subject, families should talk about it and this book is the best guide to help them get their affairs in order. Lots of sound advice, guidelines and checklists on how to prepare and what to have in place, this will save hours of time as an executor to have all this information to hand. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, friends, family and clients."
A SHINE, WILL WRITER
Readers' reviews of Last Orders Second Edition *courtesy of Amazon
"....there are so many useful nuggets of information and money-saving tips that I suspect that it has already paid for itself. Really like the hardback version too. It’s a lot easier to complete as it lays flat."
"Cannot fault it."
"A Must have!
Incredible book, incredible guidance and so easy to follow. At £20 and a hard back it is well worth the investment. A “must have” for every family."
"This was recommended to me by my solicitor. It’s a bit daunting to go through but I am tackling it section by section. It seems comprehensive – and even over the top in parts – but actually, once you start reading it you realise that everything in it is completely relevant."
"Brilliant book. I didn’t actually buy it for me but for my parents. They’ve just asked me to be executor of their two wills and I thought it would be useful to get a few things in place. It’s brought up all kinds of topics we hadn’t even considered. Well worth the money."
Having looked at both editions of this book, I was unsure whether this newer version would be worth the extra money but, as others have commented, it’s actually worth every penny. Stacks of useful information that would go under the radar unless it was pointed out. Also, knowing that I am leaving this book to my children to help sort out matters once I am gone. I don't begrudge the extra at all."
"Love this book! Simple to use but stacked with important stuff too. Hope it will help my family when I have kicked the bucket. I’ve just got to complete it now."
£17.49 FREE P&P within the UK