How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Michael Holly Your Own Question

Michael Holly
Michael Holly, Solicitor
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 6498
Experience:  I have 20 years of experience as a solicitor in litigation and other areas
Type Your Law Question Here...
Michael Holly is online now

My husbands dad sadly recently passed away following a

Customer Question

My husbands dad sadly recently passed away following a long illness which involved long periods in hospital then hospice and finally a nursing home.
As he was unable to look after his collection of Binsai trees when he went into the home he told my husband to take them to his house to care for them as he wanted him to have them ( this can be affirmed in writing by his partner and brothers) When his dad was at home but incapacitated over the last few years he had cared for them with his dad's close instructions and learnt how to nurture them.
When the will written a few years before was read it transpired that the Binsai trees were left to my husbands sister. I should add these are not e trembly valuable ones as he had grown them himself but obviously very sentimental to my husband. His sister has sent him a solicitors letter demanding the bonsai trees be returned to his late fathers house for her. Does he have to give them to her as they were gifted to him prior to his fathers passing?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Michael Holly replied 4 months ago.

Dear Viv

No, he does not .

The trees were given to him during his Dad's life which means they did not form part of the Dad's remaining property when he died.

Your husband's sister is entitled to any bonsai trees that were not given to your father during his Dad/s lifetime, assuming there are some left.

I am very surprised your husband's sister's solicitors do not already know this.

Best wishes


What Customers are Saying:

  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie
< Previous | Next >
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie
  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther

Meet The Experts:

  • Jo C.

    Jo C.


    Satisfied Customers:

    Over 5 years in practice
< Last | Next >
  • Jo C.'s Avatar

    Jo C.


    Satisfied Customers:

    Over 5 years in practice
  • Ben Jones's Avatar

    Ben Jones

    UK Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    Qualified Solicitor - Please start your question with 'For Ben Jones'
  • Buachaill's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    Barrister 17 years experience
  • Max Lowry's Avatar

    Max Lowry


    Satisfied Customers:

    LLB, 10 years post qualification experience
  • UK_Lawyer's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    I am a qualified solicitor and an expert in UK law.
  • Kasare's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    Solicitor, 10 yrs plus experience in civil litigation, employment and family law
  • Joshua's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    LL.B (Hons), Higher Prof. Dip. Law & Practice