My wife was recently told by someone that, in New York State (where we live), a surviving spouse is only allowed to keep one car after the other spouse dies (or possibly keep one car w/o paying estate taxes on it). Now, this sounds like total BS to me (esp. since, in my neck of the woods, everyone seems to have three or four cars/trucks). Why would automobiles be treated differently from other personal property?
In fact, a search just revealed that NY recently killed its estate tax. So is there any truth to this whatsoever?