Dear Abby

Dear Abby: Mother’s bequest of jewelry disregarded

 

Dear Abby: My darling mother-in-law passed away recently. She was a wonderful woman, a caring and loving role model to her children and grandchildren. In her will she left a diamond ring to her daughter, “Mimi,” a diamond ring to me, and the remainder of her jewelry to her grandchildren. Her house and its contents were to be divided equally between her son and daughter.

My children received a box from Mimi filled with Mom’s costume jewelry. All of her expensive jewelry was missing. When I asked about the missing items, Mimi said they were in the box, and she had taken photos to prove it. My husband noticed that many valuable items were missing from the family home as well.

Recently my daughter and I ran into my sister-in-law in a restaurant and saw she was wearing one of the pieces of jewelry that had been intended for my children. When I asked Mimi to please take it off and give it to my daughter, she replied that she couldn’t because she was “still grieving.” Any advice on how to handle this?

Heartbroken in Washington

What a shame. Who was the executor of your mother-in-law’s will? That person should have been overseeing the disposition of her property, and that is the person you should contact now to see the deceased’s wishes are complied with. If Mimi WAS the executor, then your next step should be to contact an attorney.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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