WILL YOU BE PREPARED WHEN THE FAMILY “HOARDER” DIES? (Part 2)

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6th Mar 2011

In Part 2 of this series, we will look at a partial list of where money, important documents, and other valuables are hidden in the house.   

Families who are pressed for time to rummage through all of the decedent family member’s accumulated things, often become frustrated and begin to throw things away without taking a closer look.

Here is a partial list of places you should look:

  • Socks
  • Books
  • Shoes
  • Taped under dresser drawers
  • Aprons
  • Under the dining room table cloth
  • Under plant holders
  • Drapery hems
  • Toilet tanks
  • Bra Cups
  • Freezers
  • Under shoe liners
  • Cannisters
  • Back of cupboards
  • On top of basement ductwork
  • Taped to the back of art hanging on the wall
  • Empty cans in the pantry
  • Inside “trap doors” in the floor
  • Inside hollow bed posts
  • Jacket pockets
  • Inside the pages of old magazines
  • Fine jewelry mixed in with cheap costume jewelry

The list could go on and on.  But the rule of the thumb is to be careful and smart.  One story I heard concerned a man who had several new pairs of shoes in his closet.  The family never knew the man to ever wear new shoes.  So, guess where the money was hidden?

In our final Part 3, I will discuss some of the hazards of dealing with sifting through the property of the deceased family hoarder.

Dwight Edward Tompkins
 Estate Planning Attorney




This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended as substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney in your jurisdiction.

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