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My brother died recently leaving me the contents of his house. The rest of the estate was left to three nephews. The bank, as executor, sold his car and the money was distributed among the nephews. Should the car have been regarded as part of the house contents?

If you were left your brother’s “personal chattels” you should have received the car, since the word covers anything moveable such as cash, plate, cattle and the like. But if you were left “the house contents” then you were only entitled to what was in the house. A car is unlikely to be considered “house contents” even if the garage forms part of the house, since it’s mobile and therefore not a permanent part of the property.

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