Help Your Heirs Settle Your Estate

Have you recently experienced a death in your family? Now you have to dispose of the assets.  Where did that vase come from? Whose Bible is it? Why does this gold bracelet have charms on it with no one in the family’s name?  What do we do now!

You can alleviate a lot of these questions by taking the time NOW to put an identifying note on the bottom of the vase, inside the Bible, under the chair, behind the antique chest, in the silverware box…..anywhere not necessarily obvious but where it can be found with the history of the piece. You can even designate who you would like to have it.  This is an easy and simple part of estate planning. 

An appraiser can help you establish the provenance of your assets when an appraisal is done whether it is for equitable distribution, insurance, or market value.  It can be valuable information for your heirs.  We all want to make things simple. Plan ahead with a will, visit an estate planner and call an appraiser. 

About askbeverly

Who am I? I am an individual who values the contents of people's homes for a variety of reasons. I'm called a "personal property appraiser" and certified by the International Society of Appraisers which requires educational courses, examinations, keeping up with current tax laws and every two years taking a course called the Uniform Standards of Personal Property Appraisals. Every five years, I am required to keep up my ISA certification by proving I have a minimum of 100 personal property development credits - that's course hours and actual research time spend on appraisal work. As a long time collector I have turned a hobby into a profession and for the last 22 years worked as an independent appraiser. My specialties include china, pottery, sterling silver, crystal and glassware, costume jewelry, Carnival Glass, Belleek Irish porcelain, collectibles and furniture. Why do you need an appraisal? The purpose of an appraisal may be for obtaining insurance, probate of an estate, equitable division of an estate or divorce, or a damage claim. I also give lectures on several different topics to antique clubs, provide consultations in person, by phone and through email. No my service is not free! But I will also advise you if I believe it is in your best interest to do research on your own if you just want an idea of what something is worth rather than pay for an appraisal.

2 responses to “Help Your Heirs Settle Your Estate

  1. lea dror

    pls tell me if this is an original meissen symbol and from what year

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