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Take My Advice: Where There’s No Will, What Do You Say?
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My dad died a few months ago and he didn’t leave a will. Unfortunately, only after he passed away did we discover that my sister, who’s the only one of us who lives in our hometown anymore, had been basically cleaning out his stuff for months. She took tons of furniture, artwork, and mementos, and never even told anyone–so much was gone that at first I assumed there had been a theft. I’d like some of these items for my own home, so I can have memories of our dad, but since there wasn’t any will I can’t point to anything to prove that he wanted my brother and I to have certain specific items (he told us as much in the past). How do I get my sister to give up the goods? I’m starting to feel really resentful that she didn’t think of my brother and myself at all, and disgusted that she essentially looted our father in the last months of his life. More