If a couple gets a legal separation Can the wife take the furniture that mother gave her son. Like an early inheritance ?
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An addendum to the previous answers: Your son would be the client, regardless of who pays. You would not need to fly out-- but your son should consult with an attorney (some offer free consultations) to find out the legal options based on the specific facts is his situation, just as the previous answers indicated.
How much is the current fair market value of the furniture that your son is willing to spend thousands of dollars to get the furniture back?
Two-year old furniture often is not worth anywhere near what was spent on it when it was new.
Money that you gave only to your son is his separate property. However, the furniture may no longer be separate property. Presumably, in the last few years, everyone in the family, not just your son, were using the furniture. That is, the furniture may well have been converted to community property.
In any case, in a divorce in WA, the court has the power to divide all assets and debts in a just and equitable manner, whether the asset/debt is community or separate. The same laws apply to a legal separation.
"they did a legal separation." What did the court order regarding who gets what things in the household between your son and his wife?
Your son can review the specific facts with his attorney to find out his legal options.
The items of property that passed to your son via an estate are his Separate Property. He is entitled to seek its return. A letter from an attorney may be all that is necessary. Depending on where the marriage is headed, your son may want to meet with a family law attorney. This is especially true if there are children.