Estate distribution in Bothell, WA. We are used to seeing odd things in our line of work. When we help people with estate distribution, we run into surprises on a regular basis. One of our clients had “pet” mice that were allowed free run of the house. One had a roof with such long-delayed maintenance that you could see blue sky through the ceiling. And, once, we even found some very old marijuana with a well-used pipe from our client’s wayward youth!
But yesterday’s find shocked even our most seasoned veteran. While Theresa was emptying some old books from a bookcase on its way to auction, she pulled out a red Stouffer’s frozen dinner box- “Escalloped Chicken & Noodles”.
A frozen food box in the bookcase doesn’t seem that weird. People with early stage dementia do tend to put things in odd locations. And people coping with dementia are a portion of our clients.
It wasn’t the Stouffer’s box that took Theresa’s breath away, it was the contents of the Stouffer’s box. It wasn’t escalloped chicken & noodles at all. It was money. Bundles of rubber-banded bills. LOTS of bundles of rubber-banded bills. Like, TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH of rubber-banded, bundles of hundred dollar bills!!!
Now, that’s one pricey frozen dinner!
She dropped it like a dead mouse. I mean, even touching something like that is scary. It feels like all the burglars within 20 miles can hear your heart pounding and read your mind, “I have $10,000 on hand, and I feel vulnerable to a robbery!”
Oh great. The homeowner was not present and is incapable of making financial decisions. The daughter handling the estate lives far away. So, what to do with the money now? How do we keep it safe? Hide it in a drawer? Sneak it into the freezer? Tuck it in a purse?
Theresa called me, “I’m bringing $10,000 in cash to the office right now. I don’t know what you’re going to do with it, but I don’t want it in my house overnight!”
Like I want it in my house? Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well that night.
Now, I have one message that I want to make perfectly clear to the public at large: I DO NOT still have $10,000 in cash in my office! I have NEVER BEFORE had $10,000 in cash in my office! I DO NOT plan to have $10,000 in cash in my office ever again! Estate distribution in Bothell, WA.