My question involves personal property located in the State of: Alaska.
Alright so let's start at the beginning. After finishing high school in 2007, I went up to Unalakleet (A remote Alaskan Inuit fishing village) to visit my very elderly grandfather who was expected to be on his way out. It was my last chance to see him before he died. While I was there, in the summer around early July or late June, we pulled out this notorious priceless ivory chess set. This thing could be in a museum. It's hand-carved and all pure ivory, very old too. He taught me what the different pieces were, since it isn't traditional at all and you wouldn't know. Then he told me that he was giving it to me. Now, this was about 9 years ago so what I think happened is that he told me he was going to mail it to my house in Nebraska. Being 18 years old and naive, I assumed this would actually happen. It didn't, and it stayed up in Alaska. His health was failing around that time and he was sent to the hospital. At the time, I was probably thinking about him rather than the chess set. I had a tendancy to think that people are very civilized and charitable by nature, so I figured I would have it one way or another. I didn't think his wife was going to just horde it with no regard to me or my now late grandfather's wishes.
Now here's the thing: She (My grandfather's wife) died not too long ago. Also I was told while she was alive that she wouldn't give it up easily, so I listened and didn't even ask. Relations between us just weren't good enough, apparently. She isn't related to my mom despite being on my mom's side of the family. I guess he remarried to her after having my mom. Now my mom says that the set is likely in the possession of her daughter and some other guy who was young at the time and who I got along with alright. Of course this is why I'm bringing this up now, because I just today learned that the old wife has died. I sense the grip has loosened enough for me to get my chess set. That's right, MY chess set.
Of course, that's my argument. He gave it to me. He said it was mine, and that he'd mail it to me. For mostly medical reasons, he never got around to mailing it and now I don't have it. In my opinion, I own it, but it is not in my possession. Now, of course, I want it. I want the ivory chess set that was GIVEN TO ME BY MY NOW LATE GRANDFATHER. I'm related to him by blood, and NOT the people that have it in their possession now. The re-marriage family has it now...
My parents say to let it go, but I say it's worth a shot at least. Does anybody think I have a case that could actually win? First I will simply ask and verify that it's with the daughter. Maybe she'll just not care about it and give it to me. 100% guarantee that this thing is just collecting dust somewhere. I don't have a job so I have plenty of time to pursue this.
I know I haven't even asked about it yet, but it's very likely that she won't be willing to give it up. In that case, what do you guys think? Thanks for your help and reading this huge post if you actually do!