Friday, June 24, 2016

The Power of Sentimental Value

Sentimental value can sometimes be worth more than economic value. Having represented family members fighting over family mementos worth little or nothing money-wise, we have come to realize the power of sentimental value.

Nevada, like many other states, allows a person to dispose of his/her tangible personal property by a written list referenced in the person’s will or trust. These lists allow a person to designate individual recipients of certain pieces of tangible personal property. The person can change the list as many times as he/she wants during his/her life. However, we oftentimes find the lists are never completed. In some cases the result is family dissension – often over the most unassuming items.

Sometimes the cure to the potential family discord is simply completing the tangible personal property list that accompanies most wills and trusts. If you have promised a certain piece of tangible personal property to someone and you still wish to leave that property to that person, complete your tangible personal property list accordingly. This can facilitate the administration of your estate or trust when you die and hopefully prevent frivolous lawsuits that consume potential inheritances.

For more information about the tangible personal property list, contact the attorneys at Jeffrey Burr, Ltd.


            

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