There is recourse through the probate court. Whether it is worth it to pursue this is something you would need to decide. It will likely cost far more than the value of the item to challenge this. But if you are determined to do so, you would be best to retain an attorney. It is possible that you may be able to surcharge the executor and force her to pay the costs.
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Sorry to hear about this. I agree with Mr. Fredrick and would add that usually a Will disposes of personal property by leaving it to a certain person or persons. If it is left to more than one person, usually there is some provision in the Will as to how the property is divided if everyone can't agree. You may want to have an attorney look at the will to determine if it directs how personal property is to be divided. Perhaps the will divides personal property between the children, with the property to be auctioned if everyone doesn't agree on how the property is split. I am speculating, but the Executor has a duty to distribute according to the Will, unless there is a contrary court order. As such, you want to be clear on what the Will directs the Executor to do with the personal property.
Most attorneys give a free initial consultation, so if the item is of particular importance, it may be worth your time to at least sit down with a probate attorney and determine what recourse you may have, if any.
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I agree with the other attorneys and only wanted to add the following. Executors owe a fiduciary duty to the estate. As part of that duty, they cannot engage in self-dealing if it would harm the estate or beneficiaries. You probably need to consult an attorney to know what recourse you may have and the cost involved, if that is an issue.
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