Sometimes when someone leaves an estate, it can be a lot to deal with. If they’ve accumulated a lot of assets, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with trying to take care of everything. Although an estate cleanout can be a huge undertaking, sometimes it’s necessary. Today in the Davidson Law Group blog, our estate attorney team provides some advice for cleaning out an estate.
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The first thing you’ll need to do is get everything organized. Find all the financial documents and file them away safely. Next, take a full inventory of everything in the estate. Have an appraiser come out for more valuable items. Get a good idea of the value of all the assets. Organize everything into “donate”, “sell”, and “keep” boxes.
Enlist Family Members and Beneficiaries
Make sure you invite any of the other family members or beneficiaries who are involved in the estate. It’s important for them to have input too if they have a stake in the estate. This isn’t the most pleasant process, but it’s necessary. Plus, the more people you have there, the quicker you can get everything organized and cleaned out.
Decide What You Want to Do With Everything
If you plan on selling stuff, you’ll need to decide what you want to do with it and how those funds will be allocated, unless already outlined by the will. You may want to sell stuff online, have an estate sale, or have an estate auction. Discuss your options with an estate attorney to see what might be the best option.
Hire an Estate Cleanout Service
Another option is to hire an estate cleanout service to take care of everything. There are a number of services out there that can handle this arduous process for you. Of course, you can also be there to supervise the cleanout.
In fact, our estate attorney team recommends you do stick around during the cleanout. They won’t know exactly everything you want to keep or get rid of, and you can make sure everything is properly organized.
Contact an Estate Attorney at Davidson Law Group
If you’re in need of an estate attorney, choose Davidson Law Group. We’re happy to help you with your will, estate planning, estate duties, and anything else you might need for the wills and trusts process. For more information about how we can help you or to schedule an appointment with an estate attorney, contact us today.