What to do if my grandmother’s Will said that her jewelry would be available to my mother for the duration of her life and now my mother has died?

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What to do if my grandmother’s Will said that her jewelry would be available to my mother for the duration of her life and now my mother has died?

Upon the death of my mother, the jewelry was to be split among her 3 daughters, of whom I am one. My older sister died almost a year ago; she did not say anything about what to do with her jewelry. Does this jewelry belong to the 2 surviving sisters (my sister and me) or does it go to the great granddaughters (my nieces). Is this jewelry still under the stipulations of my grandmother’s Will or not?

Asked on June 14, 2013 under Estate Planning, Illinois

Answers:

Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Your grandmother's Will still controls how the jewelry is distributed. Most likely, it should be split 1/3 to you, 1/3 to your living sister, and 1/6 each to your deceased sister's kids. But if the Will says it is split equally between her "surviving daughters" or "surviving children", then you would both take 1/2 of the jewelry. 


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