Suggestions for Disposing of Tangible Personal Property

“Tangible personal property” includes items such as jewelry, mementos, hobby items, collections, tools, books, scriptures, pets, genealogy, heirlooms and sentimental items.

Utah law allows persons making a Will or Trust to create a separate list that disposes of the person’s tangible personal property at death. The list need not be typed into the Will or Trust by the attorney, provided the Will or Trust mentions the existence of the separate list.

Since most people love to receive a momento from a loved one or friend at death, even if it has no economic value, here are some suggestions:

  1. Make a list (first list) of the individuals for whom you have fondness, love or affection (your children, grandchildren, other loved ones and close friends, etc.). this could also include extended family, nieces, nephews, etc.; and
  2. Make a list (second list) of the items of your tangible personal property which you feel should be designated to someone in particular.

Then:

  1. designate  all items on your second list to someone on your first list until each person on your first list is to receive at least one item; or
  2. designate each item on your second list to someone on your first list.