Category: Family

Cherish an Antique Day

Still have that pocket watch Uncle John gave you on your seventh birthday?  Convinced that circus painting you bought at the flea market must be worth same as your Prius? On Saturday April 12th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Kirkwood in Orange will…

Dementia, Seniors and Selling a House: Where to Begin?

Begin where it matters: your parents needs.  Having dealt with the difficult decision of whether or not to move my dad-in-law from his home, aside from the question of when, eventually the decision was based on what was best for dad more than any…

Good Decisions and Moving On

It’s really happened. Mom’s house sold. Escrow was longer than usual, bumps in the road, though buyer and seller were meant to be. Buyer loves the house, seller loves that the buyer loves the house. And so saying goodbye behind, there is freedom ahead….

Transforming Family Thru Real Estate

La familia, real estate and a trust: what to do, what to do? There’s ample reason for taking time in making big decisions after a loved one dies. Upon the death of Mom a year and a half ago, first thoughts of what to…

Role of Trustee: Selling a House

Part two in a series regarding death, assets and trusts, from a professional and personal experience point of view. Mom’s desire upon her death for my brother and me? Co-executors. We work together in tandem, honoring her, her trust, what she would have wanted….

The Greatest Gift Upon Death

Part one in a series regarding death, assets and trusts, from a professional and personal experience point of view. Death – gotta deal with it. Morose, you say? Not at all. It’s reality. We’re all born, we die, we pay taxes. Not necessarily in that…

Selling Mom’s House and Growing Up

In the throes of prepping a house to sell, always a bit daunting. After my Mom’s death January 2012, her house isn’t the same. My brother and I made the deliberate decision to leave everything of hers “as is” weeks after she died –…