What does it mean when a Will says house and contents? 25 Answers as of February 21, 2014

The Will state that one of the beneficiaries will get the house and contents. What is meant by contents? Does it include personal effects, cash?

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Strickland Law, PLLC
Strickland Law, PLLC | Jeffrey S. Strickland
Contents is generally the furniture, pictures, etc. Retain counsel to advise as to specifics.
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 2/21/2014
Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
In this context, the term "contents" means all of the personal property contained within the house such a furniture, furnishings, appliances etc.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/19/2014
Goldsmith & Guymon
Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
Probably whatever is in the house that does not carry separate legal title. It includes personal effects. It may or may not include cash in the house. That one is more complicated. Meet with an attorney who can review the Will in context and advise.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 2/19/2014
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
I would say so, but it may be up to the court to answer this question.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/21/2014
Kirby G. Moss PC | Kirby G. Moss
Contents means usually the furnishings that are in the house. Absent any other expression of intent, if cash and effects in the house, then they may be considered contents as well.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 2/19/2014
    Geoff Germane, Attorney at Law | Geoff Germane
    Unless there is a specific exception to the meaning of contents, then yes-the term house and contents would mean everything inside the house that belonged to the deceased.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Estrada Law P.C. | Michele Ungvarsky
    Unfortunately this is very vague and general, unless there is something to qualify the gift elsewhere in the will my best guess would be everything contained in the house if gifted after debts and expenses are paid.
    Answer Applies to: New Mexico
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Sebby Law Office
    Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
    Usually it means all personal items located in or on the property such as furniture, linens, clothing and jewelry, etc. unless they are specifically bequeathed elsewhere in the will. Cash and other financial assets are not included.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    James Law Group
    James Law Group | Christine James
    Anything in the house.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/21/2014
    LAW OFFICES OF JAMES F. MALINOWSKI
    LAW OFFICES OF JAMES F. MALINOWSKI | JAMES F. MALINOWSKI
    When the Will says "house and contents" it means the real property which is the house structure and everything that is in the house; furniture, furnishings, clothes, knick knacks, jewelry etc.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/20/2014
    Ashcraft & Ashcraft, Ltd.
    Ashcraft & Ashcraft, Ltd. | Randall C. Romei
    House and Contents is taken at its plain meaning. It includes all of the personal property in the house that is not otherwise specifically bequeathed.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Frederick & Frederick PLC | James P Frederick
    I would say the answer is yes, if the cash and effects are in the house.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Law Office Of Victor Waid
    Law Office Of Victor Waid | Victor Waid
    Contents means everything within the confines of the house, and sometimes the yard where the house is located. Suggest you seek a probate lawyer's opinion; sometimes the contents may challengeable in the case of extremely valuable object the deceased forgot to dispose of in the will specifically.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Tarasyuk Law Offices
    Tarasyuk Law Offices | Anna Tarasyuk
    From what you're telling us, in this case it would most likely mean the house and what's inside, e.g. furniture, furnishings, personal effects, and items ordinarily identified with a home. Cash is in a different class of assets and is generally not included as tangible personal property. However, in this case, it may likely be included, since it is inside a tangible item, i.e. the house, and probably more specifically in a drawer or something similar. This is a highly debated issue, so unfortunately, there is no clear answer. The first step would be to have a lawyer look at the will itself and see if there's anything else that can help shed light on the situation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/20/2014
    Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch | Jeffrey R. Gottlieb
    Contents is not a legal term. Ultimately it depends on the decedent's intent. The Will needs to be read as a whole with that in mind.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    It generally the furniture, pictures, etc. Personal effects are generally given to someone who wishes those items. Cash is distributed per the will.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    It means everything that was in the house with the person died.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2014
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