How To Distribute Someone's Personal Belongings After Death

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When you think of death and succession, the first thing that comes to mind is money and other valuable assets. Some people will write a will to flesh out their wishes as far as their assets are concerned, but not many give thought to personal belongings.

What if someone has died and you’re wondering what to do with their personal belongings? Distributing them is an ideal option, but how do you go about it?

If you’re in this conundrum, we are here to help.

Continue reading to learn how to distribute someone’s personal belongings after death.

Understand the Type of Person the Deceased Was

In the absence of a will or if a will isn’t clear enough, it can be difficult to know what to do with someone’s belongings.

The first thing is to ask yourself, “What would the deceased do if they were alive?” This is a hard question to answer, which is why you should try to understand the type of person the deceased was. Did they love giving to charity? If yes, were they supporting certain causes?

When you try to understand the personality of the deceased, you will be in a better position to distribute the personal items in a manner that the deceased would have loved.

Distribute to Next of Kin

Even in the absence of a will, estate law in most states require that a deceased person’s assets be passed down to their next of kin. These include parents, spouse (legally married), children, and so forth.

Although these laws focus on major assets, you can also follow the same model when distributing the personal belongings of the deceased. This is especially important if there are relatives who could do with some of the deceased’s items.

For example, if the deceased has a niece who’s about to join college, ask them if they would like to have some pieces of furniture. They’re likely going to have their own apartment, so some pieces of furniture will go a long way.

That being said, embrace the fact that not everyone will like to have the belongings of a deceased person, no matter how close they were.

Give to Charity

Donating some of a deceased’s person’s belongings, such as furniture and home appliances, is always a good idea -- whether they liked giving to charity or not. Look up charities in your area and ask whether they will accept the specific items you want to donate.

Most charities will accept the donation. Even if they don’t put them to use, they can sell them and use the money to further their causes.

Hire a Removal Company

Sometimes distributing a deceased person’s stuff just isn’t an option. Perhaps there’s no next of kin or there aren’t any charities near you.

In this case, hiring an estate removal company makes sense, especially if the residence is supposed to go on sale or needs to be vacated quickly. The company will dispose of the items.  Visit this link for more information on hiring a removal company. 

Handling Someone’s Personal Belongings After Death

Nobody wants to find themselves in a situation where they have to handle someone’s personal belongings after death. Unfortunately, life can hand you anything. If you’re currently in this situation, you now know what to do.

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