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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Take care of business!
We who are alive, if we have not, SHOULD TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS! That being the business of our passing. I have seen this a couple times and it is never no fun. Your loved one is out of pain, no longer confined to a hospital or assisted living bed; they have FLOWN away.
But someone is left to tie the loose ends together. Sherry kept asking Johnny to take care of things. Did he? Nah, he told his good friend Debbie to handle it.
Today we found out that his niece Brenda has one piece of paper. Giving her 100 shares of GM to handle things. OUCH. I checked the rate today that is about $54 a share. Not sure of Michigan, but NC that would not bury you.
Imagine going to a bank and saying, "Hey, my brother Johnny just died. We need to draw out some money to cover burial until his estate is settled."
"Are you the beneficiary?"
"No he didn't have a will!"
Of course they would look at you like you just fell off the turnip truck. You are asking them to break the law!
Even when the deceased has all the ducks in a row, filling in the blanks and tying up all the loose ends is a big job. Just imagine a person passing with NO WILL. Johnny was always foot loose . Bills, wills, living will and that stuff is for money people.
He once had an account down here. His best friends wife was vice president of the bank. He told Sherry the money was there. Sherry said, "Johnny, you need someone on that account, or at least designate someone in the event of your death."
"Nah, Fox's wife will take care of that." Sherry and her niece have been on the phone with GM, Met Life and Fidelity along with funeral homes in Ypsi and Belmont. ALL DAY, and NOTHING was settled but the ball was started to roll. LOL
WE all say, "Well, that was Johnny!" But that saying does not do the leg work and problem solving. OUCH.
When we suggest family members prepare, they NORMALLY SAY I do not have time to go sit with an attorney and answer questions and pay the fees. I ALWAYS say, then at least sit down and WRITE A WILL and have someone witness it or get it notarized. FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR FAMILY DO IT!
PS:There are too many sites on the net to form up at least a basic will to DO NOTHING!
PS 2: We are now back at our home base in North Carolina until.... Today they were told it would be at least 10 days before an answer would be available from GM