Mom has moved out of her large home into a smaller duplex and agrees that she needs to get rid of some of her quite valuable heirlooms. Here's the trouble: Her favorite child (though she would never admit that there is a favorite) has 5 children while my other 3 siblings and I each have 2 children. She insists that the child with 5 children get more heirlooms because he/she has more children to pass them on to. When my dad was living, he went out of his way to be TOTALLY fair to all 5 of his offspring in sharing the business and financial assests that he built in his lifetime. I think he would be very unhappy about the way my mom wants to handle things. However, most of the heirlooms of value were passed on to my mom since she was an only child and only grandchild and she says that they are hers to give to whomever she wants. I think that when she married my dad, everything that they owned separately was then owned jointly and not really "just hers." The 4 offspring with 2 children each are feeling very slighted and even less important than our sibling's 5 children. To rub even more salt in the wound, this favored siblilng was the prodigal child who caused our parents excessive grief when he/she was much younger. In addition, this favored child thinks nothing of feeding Mom the sob story about how he/she doesn't have enough money to bankroll his/her kids' educations, travels and toys. Mom willingly donates to the cause. Thanks to the good example set by our dad, the remainder of us have learned to live within our means and would only ask for help in case of a dire emergency (which we have never had to do). I know that Biblically we should be gald that our errant sibling has come back and has straightened out his/her live (and we are all glad of that), but in my mind, the party celebrating the prodigal's return was over a long, long time ago. Every thing that I have read about the division of belongings says "First Generation First" meaning the children (without their spouses). Grandchildren get what the children do not want. We just want to be treated fairly. I was even thinking of asking the family attorney to intervene on our behalf. Any ideas on how to handle this?