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Your living trust & estate plan : how to maximize your family's assets and protect your loved ones
Platt, Harvey J.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Allworth Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 291 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

"Updated for new tax laws"--Cover.
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Clarence Library KF755.Z9 P52 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Now an inventor whose product ideas have generated over one billion dollars in retail sales shares his success secrets for aspiring inventors!In Turn Your Idea or Invention Into Millions, celebrated inventor and best-selling author Don Kracke begins with the first flash of inspiration and guides readers, step by step, through the adventures, passions, and pitfalls of launching a new product. This entertaining, humorous, and incredibly informative guide reveals hundreds of insider tips on researching, patenting, manufacturing, funding, and promoting an invention. Don Kracke shares his success secrets to help fledgling inventors take ideas from their imaginations and bring them into the commercial marketplace. Readers will discover what to do--and what to avoid--when getting an invention to the retail shelves, calculating wholesale and retail prices, and using advertising, packaging, and publicity to sell the product. Plus, they'll learn how to determine if their idea has any market value, target the right audience, leverage a marketer's interest into free help, and much, much more.

Author Notes

Don Kracke is a professional inventor and a best-selling author. His various companies have created and marketed over 2,300 new products over the last three decades, while he has negotiated and signed over 700 licensing agreements. His new product ideas have generated over one billion dollars in retail sales and he has earned 217 national awards for creative and design excellence. As a design and creative consultant, he has been retained by Sears, Coca Cola, General Mills, Mattel, Campbell Soups, Target, and Rubbermaid. He has co-written two nationally syndicated comic strips and is the author of six books, including How to Turn Your Idea Into a Million Dollars , a national bestseller. He lives in Pacos Verde, California.

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Library Journal Review

There has been so much public interest in estate planning that it is no surprise that three new books on the subject have emerged at the same time. Each takes a different approach and addresses different goals. The American Bar Association Guide to Wills and Estates overviews the law of estate planning. It provides explanations of wills, trusts, and living trusts and covers essential information like choosing an executor, dealing with taxes, and planning for disability. An estate-planning checklist allows readers to evaluate their own situation to create or update their estate plan. Important concepts appear in shaded boxes; there is also a helpful section on where to get more information. The most basic of the three titles, this is a good choice for those getting started or looking for an organized review of the issues. Written for those who want to draft their own wills, Anosike's volume is in workbook style with text, forms, and worksheets that provide an outline of things to consider and procedures for constructing the instruments necessary for an estate plan. The author also provides forms for constructing a living will for each state as well as the legal requirements for a valid will in every jurisdiction. There are useful details in this book, including a sample letter of instructions to an executor. The writing and layout could use some polish, but the information is current and complete. Do-it-yourselfers will want to compare this to Denis Clifford's Nolo's Simple Will Book, 2d ed. (Nolo Pr., 1989; updated in later printings), which is somewhat cleaner in style. Attorney Platt has designed his book to prepare the reader to become better informed to participate in the planning process with estate professionals. He is clearly an advocate of the living trust, the popular device that allows individuals to place their assets in trust while they are still alive. The trustor retains control of the assets during his or her lifetime, with heirs avoiding expensive and time-consuming probate procedures after the trustor's death. Platt's treatment of the topic is expansive and timely. He devotes entire chapters to the unique problems of people with AIDS and for those with children with special needs. There is a solid glossary and a worksheet for determining net worth. Recommended for subject collections.‘Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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