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Are you prepred for a family crisis and/or natural diseaster?

A sudden sickness,  death, divorce or separation. Do you have your “LIFE DOCUMENTS” in order? A brief list of documents to include: copy of the car title, if you have loans who is with (name of institution, phone #’s, acct. numbers), copy the deed to the house, all insurance policies (acct numbers, agents names & phone , house, health, long term care, life or team insurance), legally designated Power of Attorney or Guardia n for medical and financial, digital or still photos of your household inventory (designate to who and what items should be given ).

 

Continue to upkeep your home with repairs. Don’t prolong keeping repairs because you will have a lot of financial expenses when you go to sell the home. We work with so many families who let their homes go to ill repair. If your attitude is to sell “as is” be prepared to be on the MLS listing for 6 month or more and your agent will be asking to lower the price constantly. It doesn’t reap any financial benefits and then the family has to deal with cleaning it out making repair decisions.

 

Natural disasters….with climate change and unusual strong storms i.e. hurricanes, freezing temps, fierce rain and wind storms and extreme dry high temperatures of heat. Put your life documents in a fireproof safe somewhere on the first level of your home (in case there is a flood or fire can reach later). Keep your home updated on repairs especially if you live in areas of hurricane, flooding, or extreme hot and cold temperatures. It will protect you in the long run. In a plastic tote store food for pets, extra pair of shoes, bottled water, toiletries, scissors, screw driver, hammer, wrench, 2 – 3 plastic tarps, manual can opener, canned foods, TP, 30 gal. trash bags, small broom, flash lights and batteries to fit. Small battery operated radio.

 

If you need an extra pair hands to help or a project manager to coordinate

Keeping Memories and Sharing Wisdome: Legacy Letter

reproduced and written by Amy Paul, President of Heirloom Works

 

What is a legacy letter? What is an Ethical Will? Are they the same and, if not, what are the differences?

Ethical Will, is a writing tradition in which the author expresses his/her life wisdom, love and life values with a loved one with the intention that it serve as a future guide, inspiration and support. The term recognizes the historical genesis of this practice, which comes from the Old Testament and was carried forward in the New Testament. The term, Legacy Letter, serves the same function as the Ethical Will, but is conceived outside any particular religious or historical foundation.

A Legacy Letter is a written document in which your life lessons, wisdom, family history and love are conveyed as a guide and source of comfort to your loved ones as a legacy for future generations.
Amy Paul, author, had worked as an advocate on behalf of older individuals for over 10 years. In addition, she was a caregiver for her elderly parents. As her parents got older, she drew upon their experience with older individuals and activities that they enjoyed, and engaged her father in writing his memoir. This proved to be an uplifting experience for her dad and her family received the memoir as a ‘treasure’ for themselves and future generations. She started to research into both memoir and alternative options that could offer similar benefits. That’s when she learned about Ethical Wills/Legacy Letters.

As a starting point, Amy suggests you decide to whom you wish to write, and if you will write one letter to your entire family or you will write a different letter to each individual. That decision will help you to think about how to write the letter.

If people have trouble starting to write, an encouragement to review their own values/life priorities before they start writing. Typically, one can distribute select ‘memory prompts’ and ‘values prompts’ to help them start writing on a blank page. Some people use the technique of mind mapping, too. A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. The map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole.

On a personal note: Years ago  after I moved my Dad from Indiana to California before I was an official senior move manager, I discovered a book “To My Children’s Children”. Each chapter has guided questions to interview an elder and loved one from birth to adulthood. I videotaped my Dad and our conversations. After the tapings, he would call me and say, I forgot to mention this or that.

What a treat to experience the process and give as a gift to a loved one.

Divorcehood and Widowhood: It takes a team to help!

Getting a divorce or losing a loved one is traumatic.

 

Divorce, it comes down to money and separation of personal assets. A team of professionals such as financial planner, attorney, real estate agent and “yes” a “move managers/professional organizer”, Carmel, IN based are your team. And most of the times it is in that order.

 

Widowhood, a loved one could have been sick for a while or a sudden accident.

 

Dealing with grief in both cases is so stressful and produces  “life cycle change”. Change is difficult, but when you have a team of professionals to help, it makes it a smoother transition.,

 

In both cases, as a move manager/professional organizer, Complete Relocation Solutions can assist in the following ways:

  1. A digital inventory of household assets (for the attorney, financial planner and the estate) . This inventory is placed on the “cloud” for divorce couples to review on their own, adult sibling(s) or family out of state can review without paying costly airplane flights and taking personal vacation time to come back to the state. The Inventory is created to view items in the home and individuals place an emotional value for the items they have an interest in . Creating opportunities of meaningful items without obstacles and disputes. We call it splitting assets not families (a product from "Fair Split")..

  2. Work alongside the couples individually or the widow on de-cluttering, sorting, and organizing in preparation to list the home for sale.

  3. Selling unwanted household items.

  4. Discarding, donating or shipping items to family members across the U.S.

  5. Provide floor planning for their new location and what will fit from their previous home to the new house, apartment orcondo.

  6. Packing and unpacking at the new location if local, if nationwide can refer colleagues to assist in any state.

  7. Rightsizing and resettling to provide peace and harmony at the new location.

We just get it done and we want to be a part of your team if you need assistance with a Life Cycle Event..

There are several reasons you will need our services:

  • Passing of a family member or friend.
  • Final household clean-outs and gettng the house ready for the real estate market. Act as project manager for home renovations.
  • Home staging for active real estate showings.
  • Moving – Just packing or just unpacking at the new location.
  • Moving or downsizing an aging senior parent to independent, assisted living, or long term care.
  • Want to keep your aging senior parent in their home? "Age in Place". Re-organize and de-clutter. Safety is an issue.
  • Remodeling or Redecorating – packing breakables and clean and polish while unpacking.
  • Just organizing need for an extra pair of hands to help.
  • Divorce or separation.
  • Corporate employee transfers and relocations. No downtime for the employee relocation. Getting settled immediately.
  • Digitzing documents, photos, VHS tapes, slides. Preserving the memories.