• 5
    Oct

Changing Horses in Mid-Stream – Putting down the Chef Knife and Picking up the Gavel

I met a guy once who referred to himself as “one of the undesirable unemployables.” I had no idea why he would call himself that; he was a charming guy with a good reputation and was a hard-working entrepreneur. But in the late 2000s, when the recession hit, I was forced to sell my business […]

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  • 28
    Sep

Looking past the Painting to see the Value of Antique Frames

There is one thing I can count on whenever I evaluate an estate: most rooms will have one floor and three or four walls. Consequently, well-decorated homes may have many more items on the walls than on the floors. Too often, estate executors spend most of their time inventorying the large items of furniture on […]

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  • 25
    Sep

The Executor’s Dilemma: What to Do with Old Electronics

Sorting through an estate last month, I came upon a desk whose top had apparently not seen the light of day for at least a decade. It was piled high with receipts, papers and junk mail. I shuddered as I opened the drawers to see what was inside them. Drawer number one was filled with […]

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  • 20
    May

As the need for Estate Liquidation Companies rise, so does the need for Estate Sale Licensing

The headline of the consumer complaint post was brash: “They literally stole our whole house: they sold $42,527 worth of items and gave us a check for $1,682.” The details of this homeowners’ plight were tragic: he had been “ripped off” by an estate sale company. According to the story on ripoffreport.com (specific company/client has […]

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  • 8
    May

Five Steps to Take When the Liquidation Company Says No

It’s a common occurrence: an executor calls an estate sale company to provide an estimate for liquidating an estate’s personal property and the liquidation company says “no thanks.” Why does this happen, and what can an executor do when it does? It happens because liquidating an estate’s personal property can be a monumental job, and […]

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  • 15
    Apr

The Boomers Dilemma: When the Kids don’t want to inherit the Family Antique ‘Treasures’

There was a time when prosperous Americans eschewed durable consumer goods. Rarely would they buy a mass-produced sofa or dining set. Instead, they bought functional antiques that would hold their value from generation to generation and not be fodder for the dump in six or seven years. Take the DuPonts of Delaware, for example. The […]

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  • 24
    Mar

Ruling on Fractional Ownership of an Art Collection and Taxes could affect Collectors Big and Small

Rumor has it that estate attorneys all over America are gleefully dancing around their desks. The reason for the lawyerly ruckus was that the Internal Revenue Service had just lost a case with major implications for the estates of collectors. At issue was whether an estate could parcel out an art collection according to the […]

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  • 11
    Sep

Items from Estate of Decorated Marine Pilot to be Sold by The Specialists of the South

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Nineteenth-century furniture, Southwestern and Asian objects and artwork and ceramic collectibles from the estate of John Townsend Tyler—a highly decorated U.S. Marine officer and pilot— will be sold by The Specialists of the South on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the firm’s gallery at 544 East 6th Street in Panama City. Tyler, […]

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  • 7
    May

Mom’s Mother’s Day Gift to Her Children: The ‘Who Gets What’ Discussion

. “When I’m gone,” said Mom about a year ago, “I want you each to have back the gifts you’ve given me over the years. I’ve marked them all with a sticker on the bottom.” My siblings and I shot quick glances at each other; we hadn’t expected this. We had gathered at Mom’s for […]

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  • 30
    Apr

Never Pay Retail Again: 10 Tips to become a Savvy Estate Sale Shopper

Looking for something rare, collectible and maybe one of kind? Visit a local estate sale. According to EstateSales.net, there were an estimated 50,000 estate sales nationwide last year listed on its site alone. Estate sales often have rare and unusual items for sale, as well as everyday household items. Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, cars and […]

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