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Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™ provides research-informed practical strategies to optimize your inheritance planning and protect your family relationships when passing on personal possessions.
Few families escape making decisions about passing on personal possessions. Paring down and deciding if and how to transfer personal possessions is inevitable when a family member downsizes, declutters, moves or dies. While it may seem simple, decisions about personal property can be challenging and lead to serious family conflicts.
Whether planning in advance for your own personal possessions, or working with family members to distribute property after a death, WGGYPP offers a range of free and for sale resources that can help overcome common decision making challenges. No matter who you are in the process — older parent, spouse, adult child, educator, legal professional, or social services practitioner — the Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™ resources can help you:
Bring up often sensitive inheritance issues for discussion.
Identify what is most important to accomplish.
Decide what "fair" means for your family.
Understand what objects are meaningful to others and why.
Select distribution and transfer methods that fit goals.
Prepare a legally appropriate list of non-titled property.
Consider how to deal with conflicts before they arise.
Learn about tips and information about decisions on how to pass on personal possessions.
Workbook — This 108-page workbook walks you through the entire process, from understanding the issues, identifying objects to transfer, reviewing distribution options, and managing conflicts.
Workshop Facilitator's Toolkit— Get proven resources for use in facilitating WGGYPP workshops for family members and/or practitioners working with family members. Includes a workshop facilitator's guide, presentation files, flyer template, adaptable evaluations and a video.
Workshops — Do you have a group of people in Minnesota who would benefit from knowing more about transferring non-titled property? If so, the Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™ workshop is for you.
Family stories — Perhaps the best way to learn about how we are all affected by the issue of personal property inheritance is to understand the experiences of real families.
Podcast (for estate executors) — This 52 minute podcast, “Facing the Great Divide and Who Gets What Inherited Memories,” is for executors or personal representatives involved in decisions about passing on personal property.
Are You Prepared quizzes (for owners, receivers, executors) — Assess how prepared you are and learn what to do next.
This project was originally developed by a team of researchers and educators from University of Minnesota Extension.
The lead researcher and author for the project is Marlene S. Stum, Ph.D., professor and Extension specialist in family social science. Her expertise includes more than thirty years of research and teaching, offering a family economics and social gerontology lens to address decisions facing later life families. Find out more about Dr. Stum’s work here: Family Social Science: Marlene Stum.
The original project team included Extension educators with financial management expertise and many years of adult education expertise. These team members were located in the network of county Extension throughout Minnesota and included:
- Claire J. Althoff, Wilkin County
- Mary J. Anderson, Wright County
- Shirley L. Barber, Ramsey County
- Christy A. Bubolz, Koochiching County
- Sharon S. Knutson, Norman County
- Charles L. Leifeld, Washington County
- Elizabeth H. Russell, Chippewa County