We see family disagreements over heirlooms on an almost daily basis. Tangible personal property – regardless of value — is what families tend to fight over most often because each item has sentimental value. The feuds happen during lifetime if, for instance, grandma gives a ring to one of her granddaughters and the others get miffed. Most often, though, conflicts erupt after a death when nothing has been written into the will or estate with instructions about “who gets what.”
Collecting art or other valuable items can be a passion for many people. Sometimes the passion is about investments because the art world has enjoyed enormous appreciation over the last few years. But more often it’s about enjoying the art or the medium itself than about ensuring financial gain. However, once you have accumulated a sizable collection, what do you want to happen to it after your death?