Gifts of specific items made by will are sadly and frequently the cause of family disputes. There are issues over identifying the item, or it may have been sold.  Frequently the executors or trustees are faced with a decision as to who should have which assets and a problem over the valuation over sometimes unique items with huge personal value to the family.  The court is rarely the ideal solution and a family mediation would usually produce a better result for all concerned but where the dispute is as bitter as this one a compromise is hard to formulate.