What is most important for helping an elderly parent "arrange their affairs?"
What are the most important things an adult child can do, (and what are the most important parts), to help an elderly parent get their affairs in order for the inevitable, when the inevitable is not eminent?
Why would you be helping an elderly parent arrange their affairs? There are a lot of issues in doing this. They are grown up and should be able to do it themselves. Unless they have Alzheimer's. But if you "help" them, those around you will be affected. "Did you add something to your pile that I wanted?" "I see how it is. You're trying to get all of the good stuff!" I would be more careful with your other family members, unless your an only child.
But in helping someone with the affairs, just gather everything they own and put it in front of them (on paper, in physical form that might be a lot). Let them be the judge of who gets what. But they have to know what they have first.
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