Or, How to avoid the estate sale tug of war…
The following suggestions for resolving estate liquidation conflicts is in no way an attempt to replace sound legal advice, but is offered as an additional estate liquidation resource.
Everything, all decisions about the estate – from what to do with the house, financial instruments, and personal property is all about the answers to the following questions.
What did the the decedent want, and in the case of someone who has past away without a will, what would the decedent have wanted?
As an executor you are in a rare position, a position of trust, a position of acting on the will and authority of another person.
This following list is meant to give you some guidelines, which will help you ponder better ways to resolve your families estate liquidation conflicts
A simple executor guide to help you resolve Estate Liquidation, and Estate Sales conflicts should they occur…
- Carefully read the will and make notes.
- Meet with your attorney, and let them know that you are going to have a family meeting.
- Before any family meeting, compose a letter to each of the heirs, asking them to write down 4 principals that they remember as being important to the decedent.
- Ask each heir to bring their list with them, to the family meeting.
- After everyone has read their list, establish and remark upon any common ground.
- There will be some commonality, and agreement among the heirs, about the principals of the decedent. Highlight these agreements.
- Discussions will unfold about what to do with the personal effects of the estate, refer as much as possible to the agreed upon principals of the decedent.
- Ways to prevent a free for all atmosphere at this juncture, is to ask each heir to use the following questions as a guide for choosing items from the estate: What’s important to keep and What’s OK to let go of?
- Decide if the decedents principals can be aligned with what ever estate liquidation options are available to the family.
- Choices for what to do with the remaining personal property are fairly clear, and are narrowed by the geographical area where the estate resides, and the temperament of the family – guided by the decedents principals, and are as follows: Estate Sales, Auctions, and Charity.
For a list of questions to ask an estate liquidator go to Questions to ask an Estate Liquidator
My name is Martin Codina and I am an estate liquidator who cares…
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