I have a number of cousins to whom I have left in my will, in equal shares, a minority portion of my cash and investments. The rest goes to charities. I also have some valuable jewelry and other personal property that I have not assigned in my will.
I refuse to make a list of the sort that A gets A" and B gets B" and so on. I don't know their tastes well enough, the various pieces vary greatly in value, and life is too short for obsessive bean-counting. But I would like some sort of fair distribution to be made, preferably without selling everything and equally splitting the proceeds, although I do not rule out that option.
I also do not want ill-feeling to arise over the distribution, and I do not want my lawyer/executor spending her time putting out fires.
I would like suggestions on a process that is easy to implement, that will result in people getting pretty much what they want most, and leave them feeling they have been treated fairly. (They live close to each other; I live hundreds of miles away, as does my lawyer/executor.)
I could just dump all this in my lawyer's lap, but I thought I'd see what you suggest first. Please note: Sentimental value does not come into this at all. Also note, total value not going to charity is below the threshold for estate taxes.