American Institute for Economic Research To Launch “Smart Decisions” Book Series

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Series Begins in 2015 with Books on Estate Planning and Executorships

"Our goal at AIER is to help everyday people understand how the overall economy affects them as well as help them better manage their own personal financial lives,” said Marcia Stamell, Editor and Creative Director of AIER.

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), an independent non-profit economic research organization, announced today it is launching a book series early next year designed to give people advice on how to take some necessary steps to improve their personal financial lives. The first two titles are a revised version of the Institute’s well-known "If Something Should Happen," which is designed to help a person manage their financial and legal affairs at the end of their life, and "The Executor’s Roadmap," which guides a person through the role of an executor.

“Our goal at AIER is to help everyday people understand how the overall economy affects them as well as help them better manage their own personal financial lives,” said Marcia Stamell, Editor and Creative Director of AIER, who conceived of the series. “These two short books, as well as others we have planned in our ‘Smart Decisions’ series, are designed to be highly accessible and to cut through the often confounding verbiage and technical detail that people can often confront when coping with legal and financial matters. The necessary steps are broken down into short chapters, allowing these simple guides to be used as very useful references.”

"If Something Should Happen" helps people organize their financial and legal affairs so that loved ones will be able to step in with minimal difficulty. It is made up of two parts. Part I provides a quick overview of the fundamental elements of estate planning. Part II is made up of a set of forms that provide an easy-to-use blueprint for creating the necessary guidance others will need to act on your behalf. AIER first published the book in 2008, but the 2015 version includes updates on health care and inheritance laws. The authors are Marla Brill, Jennifer Keeney-Bleeg, and Marcia Stamell. Marla Brill is an experienced financial journalist. She is the author of "Windfall: Managing Unexpected Money So It Doesn’t Manage You" and another AIER book, "How to Give Wisely." She is co-author of the AIER book, "How to Plan for Your Retirement Years." Jennifer Keeney-Bleeg is a freelance writer and editor who has written about personal finance and business for the national consumer media and Fortune 500 companies. She specializes in dissecting technical topics and making them understandable and compelling to a broad audience.

"The Executor’s Roadmap" distills the work of an executor into the essentials. If a person needs to start settling an estate now, this book will frame out the basic tasks they’ll need to handle in the months ahead, whether there is a will for guidance or not. If someone is fortunate to know well in advance that they’ll be the executor of an estate, this book can help them make the most of their preparation time. The author is Jennifer Keeney-Bleeg.

"If Something Should Happen" and "The Executor’s Roadmap," along with other titles, will be available for purchase at or by calling 1-888-528-1216. To learn more about the books, contact Marcia Stamell at marcia(dot)stamell(at)aier(dot)org.

About the American Institute for Economic Research
The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) conducts independent, scientific, economic research to educate individuals, thereby advancing their personal interests and those of the nation. The Institute, founded in 1933, represents no fund, concentration of wealth, or other special interests. Advertising is not accepted in its publications. Financial support for the Institute is provided primarily by the small annual fees from several thousand sustaining members, by receipts from sales of its publications, by tax-deductible contributions, and by the earnings of its wholly owned investment advisory organization, American Investment Services, Inc. Experience suggests that information and advice on economic subjects are most useful when they come from a source that is independent of special interests, either commercial or political. For more information, visit

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