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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Handling the Plethora of Possessions Left Behind

PileThe difficulties of a parent passing away can be compounded by having to sort through endless amounts of stuff left behind. The items can fill rooms and storage sheds, and it is difficult for children to throw away their parents’ belongings even if they do have room for an additional house worth. Here are tips to limit the pile of possessions:

  • Scale down sentimental mementoes into one item that honors the person’s memory.
  • Avoid family feuding by creating a logical plan for dividing the items and stick to it.
  • Start sorting through the piles early, so the true treasures are not lost or overlooked.

See Claudia Buck, Personal Finance: Parents’ ‘Stuff’ Can Be a Burden for Boomers, The Sacramento Bee, June 19, 2014.

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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