Jenkins' crackerjack antiques appraiser Sterling Glass unlocks a veritable Pandora's Box when she commences to open doors and snoop around the secret rooms and passageways of Wynderly. She quite literally uncovers ancient family secrets that might be best left unexposed to the harsh light of judgment. The problem is, however, many of the secrets directly affect the cash value of an estate that is on the verge of bankruptcy and whose solvency plays a pivotal role in the lives of several people.
Unfortunately, in an effort to conceal past sins, misdemeanors and maybe even felonies, a proper comprehensive personal property appraisal had never been conducted after the last remaining heir had passed away. The burglary necessitated an appraisal, which in turn necessitated an in-depth investigation into the cash value of the entire estate. Red faces proliferated.
The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) recommends a pre-estate-planning appraisal in order to protect one's own heirs from a similar embarrassment. Although one presumes most antiquities and memorabilia collectors don't engage in illegal activity, mistakes can be made. And then there's the sticky little detail of the pesky tax collector. The ASA suggests following these ten tips while planning one's estate:
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