More often than not, clearing out an estate is completed after the death of a friend or loved one. It’s an emotional and stressful time, and the last thing you want is for the cleanout process to add stress. Unfortunately, this happens all too often.
While there is no way to make the pain of losing someone magically disappears, there are a few ways to make the estate cleanout process simpler.
1. Read Estate Papers
The best first step to take is to read through any wills and estate planning paperwork left behind. These will typically include information on where the departed wishes for specific items to go, whether that is a family member, a charity, or another entity.
By reading the paperwork first, you can ensure that those items go to the designated place. Not only does this help fulfill your loved one’s wishes, but it also takes some of the decisions off of the living family members.
2. Talk It Out
Anything that is not listed in the paperwork should be discussed among other family members. If you can come to an agreement at the beginning about who gets what, it becomes less stressful and contentious when the cleanout actually begins.
3. Consider a Mediator
If you’re having a hard time coming to an agreement, a mediator can help. You might choose a trusted but neutral party that you all know, such as a church member or friend of the deceased. You could also hire a professional.