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    Mainly just some paperwork so that the folks who control her IRAs and such will actually talk to us -- or rather, me; I've got the head for numbers.

    My late father-in-law didn't believe in putting all the eggs in one basket; whenever he got extra money, like when he cashed out some of his profit-sharing from Hewlett-Packard, he'd stick it in yet another investment fund -- so the money's scattered all over the place. And of course the parents were from the era where money management was the man's job; I probably should have had a sit-down with him years ago but time got away from us.

    If you haven't done it already, make sure you at least have both the financial and medical powers of attorney, and also make sure you're a signatory on your parents' bank accounts. Mr. Scribe can write checks on his mom's bank account, so if it gets too much for her we can keep the bills paid. For the bank accounts you won't need a lawyer; just need to take them in with you to the bank and fill out the signature forms.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 08:13:28 PM PST

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