Says this guide for the woman newly alone: ""the laws and the economy are getting so complicated you need to be part accountant, lawyer, tax expert, investment advisor, insurance agent and seer to be an expert."" Wisely, the authors acknowledge that they can't supply full answers for all contingencies, nor do they recommend that women tackle complicated divorce and probate issues on their own. What the measured, balanced treatment does provide is a summary presentation of the issues and concerns involved, enough to permit the bewildered woman a measure of control after seeking professional help. The authors are aware that important decisions must be made at the worst possible time emotionally. But the thrust of the book is sensible and practical--how to choose a lawyer to determine your assets (begin with last year's income tax form), why it's best to settle divorce terms out of court, the elements of a monthly budget, and what to look for in investments (condominiums are preferred to cooperatives, tax shelters are explained as ""incentives"" rather than ""loopholes,"" and even the possibility of ""active"" investment--as in owning an apartment house--is explored). The aim throughout is to provide a framework for individual goals by intelligently airing the alternatives.