This summer was a busy one. My parents, who live next door are selling their home and there has been a lot of packing and purging. When the house sells we’re really going to miss just running next door to see them, but on a brighter note they won’t be far away.
I grew up in the home they’re selling and they’ve lived there for 44 years. The raised a family and created their business there. It holds a lot of memories and I hope that whomever buys it will make as many great memories with their family and we had.
Also on this Summers agenda was liquidating my father-in-laws possessions, paying his bills and getting his affairs in order. Please don’t take this as complaining but as a learning experience. When my father in law passed he had a lot of unsecured debt. His assets included his trailer and an older vehicle from the 90s (It could be considered an antique!). He left a will but it was never probated. Probated means approved and filed with the local court.
We had to hire an attorney, pay his rent (his trailer is in a park) and all of his bills out of our pocket. Why not just have it all shut off? Many people recommended this to use but first it’s not the right thing to do. 2nd he died in the winter and it would have ruined his trailer, which is now being enjoyed by another family.
We had an estate sale with his items but he didn’t have a lot and I think over the years he’d gotten rid of a lot of his things. When the estate sales were done we donated everything. After fighting with the court my husband was finally appointed the “Personal Representative”, became Michigan doesn’t allow executors (pft). The court has rules on who gets paid first and they’re at the top of the list. Then the funeral home, the attorney, reimbursement of us, then his credit cards. He didn’t have much to begin with and the amount we were able to come up with doesn’t cover everything. Thankfully, we aren’t responsible and the companies will have to write this off.
“Soap Box Moment” – It’s maddening that the man declared bankruptcy a few years ago and it was a green light for the credit card companies to extend a LOT and by a LOT I mean $5,000 and up in credit cards. This is because he can’t claim bankruptcy again and so they start the circle of debt all over again. It’s a shame and there should be laws.
In between these two events we also had to do some traveling, which I will write about later, but we also had time to go out in the kayaks, just me and the hubby. Michigan is a beautiful state and no matter where you are here you’re just a little ways from a lake. We also had a cooler than normal Summer with temps around 70 degrees. This was perfect weather.
How was your summer? I enjoy hearing from you!