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My parents were executors of my grandmother’s will. She left everything to my mother except a diamond necklace that she left to my sister. My mother and my sister don’t get on, and my sister has never received the necklace. Does a beneficiary who doesn’t receive a bequest have any redress against an executor, and is there any time limit on this?

Your sister is entitled to the necklace and it belongs to her without time limit. She could, if necessary, sue her parents. If the necklace has been sold, or has been lost or given to someone else, your parents would have to compensate your sister unless they could convince the court that they acted honestly and reasonably. They may, for instance, have been unable to find the necklace among your grandmother’s possessions after her death.

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