The Moneyist: Should I sell the $15,000 silver tea set gifted to me by 80-year-old mother?

Dear Moneyist,

My parents are financially well off and as a family we have a lot of old family heirlooms and property. I am one of three kids, the only daughter and a single mother. My mother has quietly given me some valuable jewelry, four valuable antique chairs, and my great-great grandmother’s silver set.

I am close with my brothers but they and their wives aren’t particularly easy people to get along with. (Think: Wall Street investor versus non-profit environmentalist.) My parents have set up trusts for their grandkids and funded college accounts, they’ve recently re-done their wills, and we all have copies of everything.

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