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Keeping up with personal property in estate planning and probate

Personal property is one of the most important parts of an estate plan. Whether it's sentimental collections or valuable artwork, properly handling personal property in estate planning and probate can reduce the chance of complications in the future. A person would be wise to be careful and thoughtful when addressing these types of assets in his or her estate plan.

One of the main problems with personal property is that it tends to get lost or disappear after the North Dakota owner's passing. In order to avoid this issue, a person will find it helpful to carefully document all property he or she intends to include in a will. Documentation, paperwork proving ownership, receipts from purchase and other things can help keep property in the right hands. It may also be smart for a person drafting an estate plan to seek a proper valuation of an asset in order prove its worth.

Tracking certain types of property is not always easy. As a result, it can help to have electronic records stored online, including a list of personal property, how much it's worth and who it should go to. All applicable parties, including heirs, account managers and others, should be included in any documentation in order to reduce the chance that the wrong person may try and claim the asset.

It's not always easy to deal with handling personal property in the estate planning and probate process. A person may be able to protect his or her wishes for all personal property in a thorough and complete estate plan. It is typically beneficial to work with a North Dakota attorney while making important estate-related decisions.

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