[APG Public List] Donations to a historical society
stubbytate at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 2 10:18:11 MST 2009
I am certainly no expert but it sounds to me that since it was your mother's personal property, you can legally deed it as a gift. If, however, you DID know the name of the person(s) in the video and could contact their relations, I'm thinking you might have to get their permission before gifting it out just to cover your bases.
Usually, an attorney will give you 30 minutes of free advice but that's here in the States. Perhaps you could call an attorney local to the area of the donation to discuss over the phone.
Thank you very much!
From: Israel P <IsraelP at pikholz.org>
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Sent: Mon, November 2, 2009 8:29:50 AM
Subject: [APG Public List] Donations to a historical society
This is kind of off-topic, but perhaps someone can help me out here.
My elderly mother, who lives here in Jerusalem, grew up in a small town
in western Pennsylvania. We are moving Mother to a nursing home and came
across a video showing the fiftieth anniversary of on old schoolmate of
hers, whose surnames (birth & married) I don't know. The friend died a
few years ago. I think the husband died too.
So I asked the historical society in the town if they want the video, and
they said they do. So I mailed it a couple of weeks ago. Today I
received a "Deed of Gift" for signature. I don't know the legal
ramifications of this and don't really want to spend money asking a
Are we the "owner" who is in fact authorized to donate this? Might this
upset the friends family - if indeed she has any? Is this more
complicated than it is worth?
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