To establish the liquidation value of your assets, work with a qualified appraiser.
Obtain a written liquidation value appraisal before you consider any purchase offers.
Your list should include a detailed description of each item, photograph, purchase information, condition, warranty certificates and repair records, if applicable.
Look for a Will or Trust Locate a will, trust, or any other important after-death documents.
For tips on locating these documents, see our section on Locating Important Documents in Immediate Help.
Settling the estate means safeguarding your loved one’s property during the administration process, paying debts and taxes, and distributing the assets of the estate to those who are entitled to receive it.
Note: The following legal and logistical information is most readily applicable to residents of California.