put (one's) affairs in order

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put (one's) affairs in order

To organize one's financial and legal arrangements, especially in preparation for death. The doctors told me I likely had six months to live, so I need to start putting my affairs in order now. My father never put his affairs in order, and now, my brothers and I are embroiled in lawsuits over his estate.
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He shut himself up in his room, and busied himself putting his affairs in order.
In the meantime, as we have said, Mazarin was in his closet, putting his affairs in order.
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