What is the definition of Household Furnishings as it pertains to a will

Asked over 2 years ago - Englewood, CO

we are trying to determine what consitutes "Household Furnishings " when it is stated in a Will

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  1. Paul A. Smolinski

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    Answered . Household furnishings are personal property and include, among others, such items as furniture, appliances, rugs, cooking utensils, and art objects. Typically not included within the definition of household furnishings are items classified as improvements, such as wall-to-wall carpeting, built-in ovens, ranges, and dishwashers.

    Precise definitions vary depending on jurisdictions and/or governmental agencies or taxing authorities.

    Legal Disclaimer: Paul A. Smolinski is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois only, and as such, his... more
  2. James A Littlepage

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    Answered . Mr. Smolinski is correct in his description of household furnishings. We generally obtain a professional appraisal of valuable collections of art, coins, antiques and the like to establish a value for the decedent's inventory.

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  3. David M. Rich

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    Answered . In addition to the very good answers already given, you should read the will to see if items that are potentially "household furnishings" are specifically dealt with separately in the will. This is because the specific mention of an item would exclude it from the more general term, and if, for example, a particular painting is given to someone in a separate personal property memorandum or in the will, it would be excluded from "household furnishings."

    You can reach Dave Rich at (303) 886-2516 or dave@flatironlegal.com. Dave Rich is an attorney licensed in Colorado.... more

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