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Festival Video: Estate Property Distribution and Downsizing
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021


Downsizing is a Challenge

Need downsizing?Do you have a problem with downsizing? Overwhelmed with the details of handling a loved one’s estate? You may find this video helpful.

“Estate Property Distribution and Downsizing,” presented by Karen Hyatt, owner and manager EstatePros LLC, can help you get a handle on what you need to do when faced with dealing with a deceased loved one’s home and everything in it. In addition to the checklist below, she talks about properly storing items for preservation, making a floor plan for what to keep when moving to a smaller place, modifications for aging in place, and she provides tips to help you decide what to keep and what to let go.

Her presentation was one of the 2021 Before I Die New Mexico Festival sessions, held in-person in Albuquerque.

A Downsizing Checklist

Karen ran through a checklist of things to do when downsizing an estate:

  1. Inventory what you have.
  2. Get appraisals for jewelry, artwork, currency, silver, memorabilia, books and other items of value.
  3. Gift items to people you’d like to inherit specific pieces while you are still alive.
  4. Specify what items go to beneficiaries.
  5. Use consignment shops to sell some items.
  6. Make donations to charities for tax-deductible contributions.
  7. Deal with digital and paper documents.
  8. Properly dispose of items such as hazardous materials, medications, firearms, electronics, and recycle when you can.

Karen is the owner and manager of EstatePros, which is based in Santa Fe. EstatePros has helped families and individuals downsize, organize and distribute the contents of estates since 2011. Their website is www.EstateProsNM.com.

This presentation was part of the 5th annual Before I Die New Mexico Festival, held October 30 to November 2, 2021. The Before I Die Festival concept brings together entertaining and educational elements to start conversations. Events are designed to prompt baby boomers and their millennial children to plan ahead for end-of-life issues.

Festival Sponsors

2021 Before I Die Festival Sponsors

Thank you to these companies and organizations that made the Before I Die NM Festival possible.

A portion of the sponsorship proceeds and ticket sales from the Before I Die NM Festival were donated to 501(c)(3) charitable partner, Historic Fairview Cemetery, established in Albuquerque in 1881. The cemetery is the final resting place of 12,000 individuals, with remarkable stories reflecting the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the United States of America. The website is www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org.

Gail Rubin, CT, is author and host of the award-winning book and television series, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, and KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.

Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (that's a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the end-of-life and funeral planning conversation started. She "knocked 'em dead" with her TEDx talk, A Good Goodbye. She provides continuing education credit classes for attorneys, doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, financial planners, funeral directors and other professionals. She's a Certified Funeral Celebrant and funeral planning consultant who has been interviewed in national and local print, broadcast and online media.

Known as The Doyenne of Death®, she is the event coordinator of the Before I Die NM Festival. She also hosts A Good Goodbye Internet radio show and produces Mortality Minute radio and online video spots. Her YouTube Channel features more than 450 videos!

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. Her speaking profile is available at eSpeakers.com.

Gail Rubin has been interviewed about funeral planning issues in national and local broadcast, print and online media. Outlets include The Huffington Post, Money Magazine, Kiplinger, CBS Radio News, WGN-TV,  and local affiliates for NPR, PBS, FOX, ABC-TV, CBS-TV and NBC-TV. Albuquerque Business First named her as one of their 2019 Women of Influence.

Sign up for a free planning form and occasional informative newsletter at her website, AGoodGoodbye.com.

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