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Sterling Silver, Sheffield Plate or Silver-plate?

Here we have a lovely luncheon set of 12 knives and 12 forks with handles of mother-of-pearl housed in their original, velvet-lined wood case.  The lengths of luncheon sets are shorter than dinner sets to correspond with the smaller luncheon plate size. … Continue reading

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Probate – To Pay, or Not to Pay, That is the Question

My apologies – that was a bit misleading, but I wanted your attention.  I should have started with “What is Probate and why do we have to pay it?” Probate, or having a Will probated, serves three purposes: it proves, … Continue reading

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Collecting vs Saving vs Hoarding

  Executors are tasked with the responsibility of collecting, valuing and distributing or disposing of all items in an estate.  There are times that I’ve heard “Oh, what a hoarder!” when this was far from the truth.  Yes, some of … Continue reading

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Clearance Certificates

Yes, like the top of the form above says, you have to ask for one and the piece of paper that you receive (Form TX21) is not that impressive-looking considering how important it is. But what exactly is a Clearance … Continue reading

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Money, Money, Money

When named as executor you still have a choice – whether to accept the position or not.  Depending on your circumstances you may feel that you don’t have the time or inclination to do so.  But, if you’re still willing … Continue reading

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Most Beneficiaries Don’t Know That They Have Rights

Most beneficiaries have a lot of questions – starting with “When will I get my inheritance?” and “What am I getting?” The executor does his or her best to answer this but is often knee-deep in administrative matters that must … Continue reading

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Why You Don’t Need a Will – Part II

Last time we looked quickly at what happens if you don’t make a Will. Now we’ll look a little closer at intestacy. If you die without a valid Will (intestate) your property is distributed in accordance with the laws of … Continue reading

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