/ Program Resources for Family Members, Educators, and Other Family Professionals

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?: Transferring Non-titled Property

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?: Transferring Non-titled Property addresses an issue that affects almost everyone, whether urban or rural. Transferring personal property (e.g. cherished pictures, toys, favorite books, Dad's military memorabilia, Grandma's ring, and a host of other family possessions) is often ignored until a crisis. Discussion and decisions about who should get certain things can arouse conflicting ideas and feelings about fairness, ownership and differing meanings and values. This project, based on original research, identifies six key factors central to successful intergenerational transfer of personal property. These six concepts provide the basis for educational materials developed by a state-wide team of state and county University of Minnesota Extension Service faculty. The project team designed and analyzed research they conducted when little was found in the literature about inheritance of non-titled property.

Educational tools available include a Video, Information Packet with worksheets, and an Educator's Package including the video, training outline, overhead masters and handouts for six key factors, teaching tips, review of research, glossary and evaluation tools suitable for workshops for consumers or professionals. This project utilizes a decision-making and family communications framework central to effective intergenerational family communication. The program is utilized nationally and has received national awards for translating research into usable resources for family members and professionals.

Educational Resources Available

Personal Information Collection. Nine large print publications with worksheets. Materials for family members, discussion groups, classes, etc. to help understand various issues and factors involved and to make decisions about transferring non-titled property. Sixty total pages; $8.00 for the set.

Item EP-6686-GE.

Video. Thirteen minute introduction to issues and six critical factors. Useful for teachers or group leaders or individuals to use for self-teaching; $30.00 to purchase. Item VH-6692-GE.

Educators Package. Tools for use in workshops for teaching consumers or professionals. Includes 150 pages in a 3-ring binder; 13 minute video; training outlines, overhead masters and handouts for six key factors; teaching tips, review of research, glossary, and evaluation tools. Total cost $75.00. Item EP-6636-GE.

To order, contact: University of Minnesota Extension Service Distribution Center. Toll-free (for information and credit-card orders): 1-800-876-8636. Fax: 1-612-625-6281.

E-mail: order@extension.umn.edu

Quantity discounts are offered. Shipping and handling are extra.

Editor's Note: The materials are excellent and provide many practical suggestions for helping family members talk about sensitive issues related to transfer of family property, make decisions, and manage conflicts that can arise. Groups throughout the country have used the material, including Extension Service programs in many states. Contact the Extension office in your county to see if they can provide a program or material for your group. (See next article for further information about Extension). For more complete information about interpersonal justice concepts involved in intergenerational transfer and about the research conducted, see the article by Marlene Stum, "I Just Want to be Fair: Interpersonal Justice in Intergenerational Transfers of Non-titled Property" in the April 1999 issue of Family Relations. Margaret Bubolz

Tools You Can Use to Build Strong and Healthy Families!

Tools You Can Use to Build Strong and Healthy Families! is a catalog that describes educational materials designed to help families manage everyday issues of daily living and to help educators who work with families. The materials are part of the Children, Youth and Families program of MSU Extension. (Some readers may know these programs by earlier names such as Home Economics or Family Living and 4H programs).

Publications are available to help families with money management; parenting; and food, nutrition and health. Information guides, concept sheets, worksheets, activity booklets, and other materials are available. Curriculum and evaluation materials, training manuals, leaders guides, video tapes and other supplementary materials will be especially useful for professionals, paraprofessionals and volunteer leaders who work with family and youth programs. Single copies of materials for consumers have a nominal cost. Materials for educators vary in cost.

A free copy of the catalog can be obtained from:
Family Strengths Program
103 Human Ecology Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1030
Phone: (517)355-6586
E-mail: fshe@msue.msu.edu

The catalog can be viewed on-line by visiting the following home page:


Family Strengths Programs are conducted throughout Michigan by MSU Extension home economists serving every county in the state. (Look under county government in your telephone directory. Some counties list it as Cooperative Extension Service; others as MSU Extension). Extension Services exist in every state in the country and offer programs for families and educators.


    1. Shirley L. Barber is professor and Extension educator, University of Minnesota Extension Service, 2020 White Bear Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55109.return to text