What is the best way to handle personal property of the decedent? (ex: bank accounts, vehicles, household items)

The administrator should promptly make a detailed inventory of the decedent's personal property items.  It is also important that the personal property items are secured from damage, loss, and/or theft.  This would include maintaining an existing security system, placed the items in a locked storage unit, or otherwise maintaining the items under lock and key.  Next, the administrator should determine whether any of the items have a lien or loan against them and then notify the specific creditor.  Certain personal property items that are in joint ownership or Joint Tenancy can then be distributed over to the joint owner.