What are considered to be assets of an estate?

Question Details: My mother did not have a Will and did not own real property of any kind. Now, 1 of our siblings has gone to court and has been assigned Special Administrator. Her attorney is demanding that each person who was given any items, prior to and after my mother's death, return it to the Special Administrator so that she can have an auction and sell everything. My mom did have a $5000 life insurance policy where I was the sole beneficiary. I have paid for the funeral with these funds already. Do we have to return the personal items which are family keepsakes, furniture, a few antiques and the like?

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