Yadkinville, NC asked in Estate Planning for North Carolina

Q: Who gets the appliances?

My eldest sister passed away. In her will she states, to my brother-n-law, I will my house and land.

to my sister (our sister), I will my jewelry and furniture.

I am the executor of my sister's estate and this has become a big issue. I know when a house is sold, the appliances go with the house. In this case the house and land was a gift, with no mention of anything else.

I know my deceased sister intended our other sister receive the appliances but the attorney instead of stating "Jewelry and furniture", should have stated "Jewelry and household furnishings.

I want to carried out my sister's wishes, but who gets the appliances?

Please help,

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1 Lawyer Answer
Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: The attorney is correct. The appliances are considered "personal property" and are not part of the house. The appliances will most likely go to whoever receives the residuary estate (that property which is not otherwise distributed per the Will).

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