Can a person take things from a deceased loved one if there is no Will?
Question Details: My sister-in-law passed away and her best friend took her book from the funeral home along with memorial cards and money. There is no Will. Can she do that?
No, that is theft. The deceased's property belongs to her "estate" until it is properly distributed according to a will (if there is one) or the laws for intestate succession (who gets what when there is no will--which never includes a friends; friends only inherit if there is a will leaving them something); after it is distributed, it belongs to whomever inherits. The deceased's possessions or money are never up for grabs by a friend. You could report this to the police if she will not voluntarily return the money and items.