Julie Hall is an expert in dealing with personal property from the Depression era. Estate dissolution and helping grieving families make appropriate decisions during the estate settlement process are her specialties. She is a certified personal property appraiser, an estate sales professional, a residential content removal specialist, and a broker of fine items. As owner of The Estate Lady®, LLC, she brings 18 years of experience to families facing the overwhelming task of dissolving the family home.
In my book and in many of my articles, I tell stories of estates I have handled with sad outcomes; either the parents were unprepared when death came, or there were serious and tragic family rivalries over possessions. With preparation, these situations are avoidable. Real stories, every bit the truth, seem to stick with people better than a list of reasons.
The best protection against family rivalries is an updated will from your parents, along with preparation and preplanning with Mom and Dad. So, here’s how to avoid becoming one of my sad stories in a future book or article:
By Julie Hall
The Estate Lady Blog
[First posted March 15, 2010, at Julie Hall's Estate Lady Web site.]