I am trying to find out what legal avenues may be available to a beneficiary to claim items of personal property that are in dispute. Our parents gave away many of their personal possessions that would hold some sentimental value before they died and they did not keep a record of the gifts. They also did not say who was given what. A dispute has arisen as to ownership of one of these items and siblings are arguing over who has legal right to it. It has been in the possession (gifted) of one sibling for a very long time and prior to death but there is no record of this . The other sibling disputing the claim states it was not gifted believing it to be part of the estate now being settled and has demanded it returned. It is now well past twelves months from the date of death. There is sufficient corroborated verbal evidence to suggest the sibling who has the item was given it (and therefore entitled to keep it) but we cannot move on to settle the estate while there is no agreement and all compromises have been rejected. This could go on forever or it could be decided by a court if that option is still open to the disputing sibling. Are these matters something the courts will still determine after 12 months? Is it a Supreme Court matter or another jurisdiction? The disputing sibling has engaged counsel but so far the argument goes around in circles with demands made and no evidence to support the claim. There has not been any threat of legal action so is that possible or are the demands just bluff? There is little point engaging independent counsel to pursue this unless legal action is taken by the disputing sibling.