Handling an Estate Sale Responsibly

Disclaimer:  I am neither an attorney nor a professional fiduciary, and I have no expertise on dealing with estate matters.  The concerns expressed in this post are based on personal observations. Yesterday (Sunday), I went for a walk through one of San Francisco’s relatively upscale residential neighborhoods. On my way to the public library branch, I saw a sign announcing an estate sale.  I had to give this some thought, before unwisely deciding I’d stop by the house and possibly buy something. I remembered going to a couple of estate sales, and assisting in one other.  If you have the … Continue reading Handling an Estate Sale Responsibly

The Guilt Merry-Go-Round

Having an honorable life isn’t always easy when you buy used merchandise.  You don’t know where most of it came from, meaning you don’t know whether it was stolen before you got your hands on it. Some people look the other way — whether the goods are new or used — and refuse to pass up a bargain on something they want or need.  They may inspect the item and hope there are no bed bug eggs in it, but they don’t think about legal or ethical problems in the supply line.  They buy new items from the back of … Continue reading The Guilt Merry-Go-Round