If my mother died and left everything to my sister who gave some items to me, do I have to give them back now that she has asked for them?

While cleaning out mom’s house, my sister gave me many items she deemed as having no value. She now wants access to these items. Do I have to give her access to them or are the legally mine? She got the house, car and other valuable items.

Asked on November 12, 2014 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Generally speaking, there has to be donative intent, transfer of the object and acceptance of the object to be deemed a completed gift.  It sounds as if that happened.  It may be too late to do anything about the Will but I would speak with a lawyer about your being disinherited.  Good luck.

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