On a recent visit home, my sister started claiming some rather valuable midcentury modern furniture for her daughter, in anticipation of the inevitable estate liquidation someday. A houseful, in fact. Now I googled the value of some of these pieces and they are more than I thought.
The will divides things 50/50 between my sister and I. I am executor. My inclination is to appraise the valuable items and deduct that amount from my sister’s half of the money if her daughter wants them. I think that would be my duty as executor.
If she took items of little value I wouldn’t care. It wouldn’t be worth the appraisal. But when we are talking thousands of dollars, it isn’t trivial.
Doesn’t that sound like the fairest way?