You can only imagine what I see each day as I venture into the homes of people getting ready to disolve the estate of a loved one who has passed away. It is an amazing view into the world of human nature — who wants what, the fights over money and things, the greedy relatives coming out of the woodwork, families not understanding the value of things, etc.
You name it and I’ve seen it! Not much seems to surprise me in the realm of estate settlement.
Having spent 18 years in perfecting the process of estate dissolution for my clients and those wanting to learn my area of expertise, I have uncovered a vast need in the country today that virtually no one is tending to. And soon enough, it will be near epidemic level! No one thinks about it until it actually happens and you find yourself in the midst of a crisis.
As our beloved parents leave the earth, they also leave behind one of the largest accumulations of stuff, more than any other generation in history. The Depression Era is known for never throwing anything away, and not always very good at letting it go either. Their parents, our grandparents, actually owned very little by comparison. Therefore, their accumulation was not dealt with, but absorbed by our parents’ generation. This leaves the boomer children with not only mom and dad’s stuff, but now they have to deal with multi-generational items at the same time.
As overwhelming as it is to handle the death of a parent, it becomes absolutely grueling when the kids have to dive into the estate face-first: divide the estate, handle feuds that arise, and clean out the house in a short period of time.
Then it occurred to me that the reason so many flounder in this area, is because there has never been anyone to show them how to go through the process in a logical and timely fashion. No worries — help has arrived!
My book, The Boomer Burden — Dealing With Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff, is a must-have book on how to go through the process from beginning to end, offering trustworthy guidance every step of the way. More on that later…
© 2009 Julie Hall