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What to Do When You’re Responsible for a Loved One’s Estate

Blog / December 18, 2018

The death of a loved one is always a difficult time. In such instance, there is a lot of grieving, but certain administrative processes need to take effect lest unscrupulous individuals try to take advantage of the sad situation. With Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales, you can be sure that the Estate Appraisal will be handled in a professional and respectful manner.

Here are a few things you can do to ensure the safety of a loved one’s possessions during an estate liquidation:

Keep Their Possessions Safe
It is advised that you change the locks of the home, and move all items of value to safe storage or safety deposit boxes. A vacant home is an easy target, and individuals like neighbors or old friends may have copies of the keys and take advantage of the situation.

Create an Inventory
It is advisable to have an estate appraiser present when doing the partial clean out of the estate. That way, the estate appraisal can be overseen and accurately valued by a professional eye, and a comprehensive inventory can be drawn up.

Look For Important Documents
Things such as a Last Will and Testament or Life Insurance Policies will be valuable in the distribution of the estate, and will ensure that the process that the deceased would have wanted is followed accordingly.

Employ A Trusted Estate Appraisal Company
If the estate is to be auctioned off, higher-end estate appraisals should be left in the hands of experienced and trusted companies. Having the benefit of multiple years in the business, Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales will be able to ensure a smooth transition and auction, allowing you to obtain the most value for the pieces in the estate.

At Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales, we follow a ‘Philosophy of Antiques’ that ensures all our cases are handled efficiently and professionally. If you are interested in our services offered, from auctions to estate appraisals, please contact us today!