Question Details: My mother died recently and verbally gifted me her jewelry. My stepdad has decided to follow the letter of the Will. Since he won't give me a copy due to possible hurt feelings, I suspect it goes against the Will. Is her gift valid?
An oral (that, not "verbal," is the correct term for a unwritten promise or agreement) has NO binding effect on what happens to a person's possessions after their death. Only a written, properly signed and witnessed will has any legal or binding effect. So your stepfather has to follow the terms of the will--the law requires that.
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