I live in New York State. My grandpa [a widower] had 2 children, my dad and my aunt. My grandpa died 2 years ago. The first thing my aunt did was dole out my grandpa's jewelry. She gave my dad a bracelet that she had given her father years before. it says "To dad, love 'her name'. Then she gave me my grandpa's ring that I had always fancied.
My dad passed away from a sudden heart attack a few months ago. He had worn that bracelet every day since my grandpa died, in fact they had to remove it from his dead body in the emergency room, and gave it to me with the rest of his personal items.
recently my aunt's lawyer wrote a letter to my lawyer saying that I have to relinquish that bracelet becaue "it is an asset of my grandpa's estate" [which my aunt is executrix of, still, for 2 years, doing nothing]. The letter said nothing of the ring she gave me, or anything else.
Was that bracelet my dads property, can I keep it in the long run? I do not want to part with it for sentimental reasons. What are my rights?
I thank you wholeheartedly for reading this.