Yes, yes....very sadly I got my daughter's money when she died, and when my parents died, I received a half share in a unit in inner Sydney plus some money...although it was horrible when they died, it was really lovely being given something for nothing, so to speak!
My grandmother left me a small amount of money, which was useful, and her fabric stash, which was unbelievably wonderful. I love sewing, as did she, and every time I use some of her fabric to make something I think about her and happy memories sewing together. And of course as she had been collecting fabric all her life, some of it is now extremely rare vintage fabric. All in all a lovely gift that will last longer than my lifetime, as I shall have several quilts and other handmade items to leave in my Will :)
I haven't, but I know somebody who has. Unfortunately, this person and others who had also been left something by the same person had to endure a bit of an ordeal when somebody had the brilliant idea to contest the will because they 'deserved more'. Funny, I thought had they deserved it, they would have been left more.
Yes, my Mother left her house to my Sister & I. It was a Rental Property, with much upkeep. We got sick of this; ACTUALY I got sick of it because I was doing all the work as my sister had four kids, of varying ages to look after. So it was sold three years' after mum died.
Also a friend of mine left me 'knick-knacks' to collect from her unit. As her family, naturally, would've had 'first pick' there wouldn't have been much left.
I didn't go & collect anything, as I thought this most macabre, actually.
My lovely Mother -in-law left me and my children some money in her will, almost 14 years after her son, my husband had died.
It came at a time when it was needed desperately. I feel the angels were looking after all of us.
My mother gave myself & 3 siblings the same amount of amount of thousands of $'s when my father died in 1977. I used mine for our driveway, stone steps going up to our house & later the rest of the money was spent on a new verandah for our house that was built in '78. My mother gave me a beautiful blue 'stone' necklace from my grandmother a few years after she passed away. (I still have my mother & both of my in-laws.)
PS: Since writing the above, a brother/in/l died without leaving a will, so my f/in/l divided up his money, & also the money from the sale of his house for my m/in/l, my 2 sis/in/l's & my husband! My husband will probably put it aside for our 2 granddaughters, as we don't need it.