The question of what to do with one’s tangible personal property is often limited to a single testamentary sentence directing the executor to distribute the tangibles to the surviving spouse or to issue surviving. Nothing else. Maybe there’s language directing that the estate is to pay the expenses of shipping. No story, no memories, no methodology for dividing the tangibles up among now-disputing siblings.
Review of Reviews: “Mor[t]ality and Identity: Wills, Narratives, and Cherished Possessions,” Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities (forthcoming)
Deborah S. Gordon, Professor at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia