Discuss Who Gets What
One way you can avoid hurt feelings when you pass away is to discuss with your heirs who gets what before you die. These discussions will allow you to explain the things contained in your will and to share precious memories with your family in the process. You may find out that your youngest son would rather have your Navy flight jacket instead of your vintage automobile (this actually happened to one of my clients) or that your daughters would rather exchange with each other the items you had left to them. The homework desk your father made you when you were 7 may need to go to your grandson instead of your son.
Make a List Once you have decided who should get which item, make a list and keep it in a safe place with your Will or other estate planning information. You may also want to send the list to your attorney. If you end up giving away items off the list before you die, be sure to update the list, so there isn't any confusion.
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Estate Planning and the Enhanced Life Estate Deed, The Difference Between the Enhanced Life Estate Deed, Warranty Deed and Quitclaim Deed, The Traditional Life Estate Deed, The Revocable Transfer on Death Deed and California's Revocable Deed.