5@55; The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55.

Author:Silverstein, Barry
Position:Book review

Judith D. Grimaldi and Joanne Seminara; 5@55; Quill Driver Books (Nonfiction: Self-Help) 12.95 ISBN: 9781610352581

Byline: Barry Silverstein

Two attorneys describe the five most important documents needed by age fifty-five in this short, conversational guide.

Attorneys Grimaldi and Seminara wrote this book for a very simple reason: to impress upon individuals the need to be prepared for end-of-life challenges. "By failing to 'inoculate' themselves against common and unavoidable health and end-of-life scenarios through the preparation of the proper legal papers," write the authors, "people find themselves with major legal headaches that often involve costly trips to court to resolve."

The short book is uncomplicated in its content and approach. After an introduction to the overall importance of working with attorneys to develop the documents, Grimaldi and Seminara identify and describe in easily understandable language each of the five documents: the health-care proxy, the living will, the power of attorney, the will (including trusts), and the "cyberspace will." This last document, a modern-day addition to the more traditional list, is designed to help others "put an end to your life in cyberspace after you die."

In addition to discussing the documents, their purpose, and the typical content, the authors intersperse several stories along the way. These vignettes dramatize some of the...

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