Thursday, June 26, 2008

Time and Family Property

Because here at propertyprof we sometimes talk about how mere passage of time confers a certain  dignity on property, however insignificant it started out, I thought you'd find this article from the New York Times of some amusement: it's advice on how to deal with family heirlooms (and how not to get burdened by them).  I've been dealing with some of this of late as I've been organizing my office.  Books that I've been dragging around for decades--even though I'm no longer interested in their subject (e.g., Railroads and Rate Regulation in the early twentieth century--that's an artifact from my days  of work on Progressive era administrative law)--I just can't part with.

My favorite piece of advice: "If you pay to move a piece across the country, you can do whatever you want with it."

You might also be interested in a companion piece, "The Tyranny of the Heirloom."

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