Death and Taxes: Fallout from the Baby Boom is full of experienced-based learning about one of life's hardest lessons, death. While many don't even think about such things until forced to face one's own death or that of someone close, this book provides plenty of examples of why living in denial can only complicate this issue. There are plenty of contingency plans that you can put into place today for very little money or even free.
The lessons provided in handling the final act of a loved one are being provided by someone who has actually been there for three generations of loved ones. There are numerous "experts" out there that will make suggestions about financial planning, legal documents, etc. but most of them are missing one key ingredient. That ingredient is the act of actually helping a loved one outside of their working life. While you may still need professional assistance to set up certain contingency plans, it is not actually required, and many can be accomplished without any assistance, and often for FREE.