Got Personal Effects? Consider an Estate Sale
Many people make a will with careful thought and planning as to how their assets will be distributed. Usually, though, a will only disposes of valuable assets: money (of course), real estate, investments, etc. A person can never fully account for all their possessions, however. As a result, we often see Estate Trustees struggling to determine the best way to manage and distribute the various items that a person may leave behind. Estate sales can provide an effective way of handling those belongings.
An estate sale often (though not always) occurs following a person’s death where all of the possessions of that person are placed for public sale. Often, this can take place in the home of the person’s whose estate is being sold, though online auctions are also popular these days. Usually, professionals are engaged to take care of the estate sale. These professionals will assist in inventorying, pricing, and managing the sale. The goal for many is to maximize the value of the estate, an important consideration for Estate Trustees.
For family members and loved ones, however, an estate sale also offers a way of attending to the often overwhelming and potentially guilt-inducing taskof disposing of a the deceased’s belongings. For some, handing this task over to professionals can be immensely helpful. Consider, for example, this recent story out of Alberta of an estate sale of the assets of a woman who had amassed a spectacular collection of approximately 20,000 antiques. The deceased’s daughter was able to sift through her late mother’s collection, take items of sentimental value, and then hold an estate sale for the remaining thousands of items.
For those who are pondering what might happen totheir personal effects following their death, they might want to consider disposing of items before death. Many parents might naturally expect their children to take the parents’ belongings after death and make use of them As discussed in this New York Times article, however, the tradition of passing along heirlooms from generation to generation is losing popularity. Holding an estate sale long before death (say when moving homes) can allow a person to have some say in the disposition of assets while also generating funds for their own enjoyment.
For anyone interested in holding an estate sale, it is important to do your research and find a reputable company able to take on this important task.
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