Do I legally have to give a gift back if the owner is now requesting it? How? 19 Answers as of August 28, 2015

I was given a piano 2 years ago, the person was moving and could not take it with her. She did not want to just leave it. She in her words wanted it to go to a good home. I told her I would love to have a piano, She is now demanding I give it back to her. Do I have too?

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Walpole Law | Robert J. Walpole
I would tend to agree with you. I can imagine what Judge Judy would say to this person. You might ask for a storage fee also.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 6/23/2015
Utah Injury Lawyer
Utah Injury Lawyer | Will Rodgers
No. You received the piano as a gift and it is yours to keep.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 6/10/2015
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
If it was a gift, there is no obligation to give it back.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 6/10/2015
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
No, but get ready for the lawsuit.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 6/10/2015
Law Office of Martin A. Kahan | Martin A. Kahan
It depends on what agreement you had with her, even if it was oral.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/10/2015
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    Not if it truly was a gift. It's an issue if fact.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/9/2015
    S. Joseph Schramm | Joseph Schramm
    Unless the gift is qualified or made contingent upon something the general rule is that once the donor transfers the gift to the donee, the gift does not have to be returned. The problem in most of these cases is proving that, at the time the transfer was made, a gift was intended, not temporary storage. Usually, this depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding the case. Factors such as independent witnesses to any statements, the length of time in possession of the donee, whether any money was paid as storage fees during the time period and whether the donor made any inquiries about the gift over the period you had it in your possession.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 6/9/2015
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    No, a gift is a gift. Once given, the ownership changes. It's yours now.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/9/2015
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
    A gift is a gift. Once given and accepted, it is yours to do with as you please. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/9/2015
    Law Offices of Robert Burns
    Law Offices of Robert Burns | Robert Burns
    That would be a no.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/28/2015
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
    No. If she persists, tell her she owes you rent of $50 per month since you started "storing " it.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 6/9/2015
    Diane l. Berger | Diane L. Berger
    A gift does not have to be returned. If, however, you were just storing it for her, then the answer would be different.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 6/9/2015
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
    Not if it clearly was a gift....if she was just asking you to "hold" it for her, then yes.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/9/2015
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