@Sneakers41 -I know what you mean. I think that if an independent executrix would have been used in this case it might have made things a little easier. I think that the way the will was written caused a lot of confusion because you would think that once you inherit something it is essentially yours, but in this case it was not.
This is why life estates are so complicated. I think that the father should have sat down with his daughters and explained what he wanted to do and then he would have seen the error in his ways and maybe have had a lawyer set up his will a different way that would have been more equitable to the rest of the siblings.
I think that wills can have a lot of landmines and you have to really have a thick skin to be able to perform executrix responsibilities properly.