Orlando, FL asked in Small Claims for Florida

Q: Hello! My mother was an artist (woodcarver/painter) she once made a horse that was given to her father/step mom in law.

This was in the 90s during the 5 years she was married to my father. She divorced him after much abuse. I have letters proving she did not favor her father and stepmom in law. They never talked since.

. She died early at age 37. I have been asking my dads stepmom for her art back for three weeks with no response. They recently told me they were going to give me the rest of the art. They recently gave me a bear that she carved. They have had a new daughter in law for 14 yrs

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You didn't ask a question, but I'm assuming that you want to know your legal rights to have the carving.

The horse was given to them, so they have no legal obligation to give it to you.

By the way, your relational terminology is confusing. Your mother's father would be your grandfather, i assume. His wife (assuming your grandmother died or otherwise ceased being his wife) would (when he remarried) become your step-grandmother. I can't conceive of a fact pattern by which she would be both your stepmother AND mother-in-law.

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