Death’s Red Tape

Mark Colgan

A week before 9/11, Mark Colgan lost his wife to heart disease. In the span of a single day, he went from waking up next to her to planning her burial. Even for a Certified Financial Planner™, the mountain of financial and legal details that spanned the next year of his life was overwhelming.

Whether you’re a surviving spouse, partner, child, or friend, Death’s Red Tape guides you gently through the financial and administrative process following the death of a loved one.

The book is organized chronologically in small, clear sections so you can face each task one step at a time, with checklists to keep things simple. It even includes a glossary of technical terms along with valuable websites and resources you’ll need along the way.

In this difficult time, a book can’t erase all the challenges of your loss, but it can make the practical aspects of navigating that loss a little easier.

Press & Praise

Terri Brown, retired executive

After my husband passed, I was at a loss of where or how to start to get a handle on my financial matters. Mark and his team were wonderful with me, gently guiding me and providing assurances along the way. They demystified the processes after a loved one dies, which helped me immensely during a very difficult time.

Frank Stein, tax accountant

I have been a tax accountant for over fifty years. As my clients have lost loved ones, I have provided them with previous versions of this book. It has enabled them to navigate the administrative difficulties that follow a loved one's death. Mark details things step by step and addresses modern challenges such as social media and identity theft.

Mike Streeter, retired entrepreneur

Death's Red Tape is an insightful new guide that simplifies the process after a loved one passes. Read this book! It will help you make smart decisions.

Mark Colgan understands the unique financial needs and overwhelming emotional challenges that come in the aftermath of losing a loved one. His personal experience, combined with more than two decades of wealth management expertise, inspired him to help other bereaved survivors organize their financial affairs and forge a clear path to financial independence so they can enjoy a brighter tomorrow.

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