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When Family Heirloom Threaten an Estate – 3 Tips To Avoid Conflicts

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Some of the most contentious fights between family members after a parent dies are not over the big items or the amount of inheritance

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									              When Family Heirloom Threaten an Estate – 3 Tips To Avoid Conflicts

Some of the most contentious fights between family members after a parent dies are not over the big
items or the amount of inheritance, but rather over the smaller family heirlooms that tend to have more
sentimental value than anything else. Avoiding such conflicts should be at least one goal of any good
estate plan. Here are several tips you can use to ensure no conflicts arise over family heirlooms.

Tip 1: Discuss individual wishes early.
Having a discussion about who will receive personal property after a parent dies can be awkward, at
best. However, these discussions are vital, if you wish to avoid potential conflicts. Many parents are
surprised to find that it's not the large items that children prize most, but rather the heirlooms or the
sentimentally valuable pieces that remind the children of a specific time they shared with their parents.

Tip 2: Get appraisals.
For more valuable property, it's important to establish the exact value, so as not to cause conflict over
inheritances later. Hire an appraiser or expert to evaluate all of the personal property before you decide
to auction it, sell it in an estate sale, or give it away as an inheritance.

Tip 3: Put someone in charge.
Many estate battles erupt because there is no one person who has the clear authority to make a decision
about a family heirloom. If the parents do not name someone in the estate plan, the children can come
to an agreement between themselves about who has the final decision-making authority about any
family heirloom. That person can then determine who receives which item.

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