ABA, AARP to Publish Guide for Family Survivors

Their first collaborative book will be published in early 2014, the organizations announced July 11.

The American Bar Association and AARP are teaming up to publish a book named the "ABA Checklist for Family Survivors." It is scheduled for publication in early 2014 and will be their first jointly published book, the organizations announced July 11.

Written by AARP lawyer Sally Hurme, the book will contain documents and information to advise families on how to proceed when a loved one dies, including how to:

  • Create a simple system to organize investments, assets, and estate planning information
  • Keep letters and forms up to date
  • Gather important information in paper or electronic form
  • Get organized in financial and legal matters
  • Assemble a team and work with key advisers to handle everything in confidence
  • Take responsibility in an especially difficult situation

"This AARP and ABA co-publishing venture is the perfect pairing of two distinct brands in which both groups are committed to providing quality content," said Richard G. Paszkiet, director of ABA Entity Book Content Publishing. "AARP, with more than 37 million members, offers the ABA access to a huge market, and it's a good showcase for highlighting the incredible content that the ABA produces on a regular basis. 'The ABA Checklist for Family Survivors,' with the marketing might of AARP, will be pitched to major networks and news channels, including radio, cable, and local television outlets. The book will be promoted by AARP, which publishes the AARP the Magazine and the AARP Bulletin, which reach 22 million readers, and broadcasts AARP Radio, which has a weekly reach of more than 1 million listeners. ABA Book Publishing expects the book to be a strong seller. We will have an initial print run of 10,000 copies, and [it] should easily be one of the ABA's top-selling books in 2014."

The book is intended as a companion volume to Hurme's "The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs," published solely by ABA.

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