My great aunt (a widow with no children) died recently and her will was very specific about who was to receive her property and assets. She made specific bequeaths to various friends and relatives of either cash or physical items (china and such) and then the remainder was to be split equally between her 3 closest nieces and nephews. I am one of the 3 receiving 1/3 of the remainder (which is also the bulk of her assets). Her estate executor is her brother-in-law. He sent me a letter asking me to allow him to give a sizable portion to other nieces and nephews from his side of the family, saying my aunt must have overlooked doing so and that a portion of my aunt's assets came from being married to his brother. I don't know any of these people. I do have a copy of her will and my aunt was a very exacting person. Her will clearly identifies each individual she wanted to get something. In fact, she made token cash bequeths to specific neighbors yet did not to these other nieces and nephews. I have a feeling they played no role in her life so she felt no obligation to pass on her estate to them. For all I know there was bad blood or some other specific reason why she chose not to remember them. Who knows. Back to the executor. Frankly, I find the request a bit out of line given the role of the executor is to execute the requests of the deceased. I have the option of declining this proposal (it requires all 3 of us to approve) but he will be upset and sits in control of this distribution. Anybody ever have an executor try something funny? Any advice other than quietly declining the request?