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5 Tips for Dividing Up Your Family Heirlooms


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Take Care of Business in the Living Years
There's nothing worse that going head-to-head with a relative over who gets what.
There's nothing worse that going head-to-head with a relative over who gets what.
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The easiest way to make sure the heirlooms you want to leave to particular offspring end up in their proper places is by making it clear to all parties involved and on paper. Don't leave it to the children to decide what happens after you're gone. A little foresight and planning could spare the family a lot of fighting. When you make your list, don't presume that an item of little monetary value should be excluded. Put some thought into items that may have sentimental value to each of your children. You can even ask them what items mean the most to them. Once you have everything divided on paper, hand it over to your attorney to make it legally binding.


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