A young woman, aged 19, found herself in an unexpected financial dilemma after her estranged grandfather’s passing. The man had left the woman a huge sum of money, and she faced pressure to share the cash with family members that she didn’t feel deserved it.
A Huge Sum
The woman’s grandpa, who had been distant from her father for most of his life, left her with an enormous inheritance of around 8 million dollars. “I was shocked”, the woman expressed. “I didn’t and still don’t know what to do with the money, but I’m going to save it.”
A Bitter Old Man
The woman’s grandpa had been a recluse, holding onto grudges and living as a bitter old man. He’d owned a lucrative business which he sold for a million dollars and retired, residing in a coastal town with long-standing friends. His island house and land sold for over 3 million dollars.
A Distant Connection
Despite not having a close relationship with her grandpa, the man had always expressed pride in her for following in the footsteps of his sister, who was a registered nurse.
The unexpected inheritance created a rift within her family. Her father, his wife, and her two siblings were all pushing for a share of the money. They urged her to divide the wealth, but she had reservations.
An Alcoholic Father
The woman wrote about her reluctance to share the money with her father. “He’s an alcoholic who never said anything nice about his dad”, she explained. “Despite him being bitter, my grandpa actually bought him a $300,000 house. My dad would 100% drink away any money given to him.”
Her older brother, who was the favorite of their grandmother and already financially supported by her, displayed ungrateful behavior towards her. He was unkind whenever they did interact, despite this being rare.
Concern for Her Sister
The woman considered sharing the inheritance with her 13-year-old sister. However, she was concerned that her sister’s mother, who was driven by money, might misuse the funds. As a compromise, she offered to support her sister’s college education but wished to wait until she turned 18.
The Family’s Accusations
The woman’s family accused her of being unfair and undeserving of the inheritance. They questioned her ability to handle such a large sum of money at just 19 years of age, believing that she would squander it on material possessions.
Pressure and Threats
Under mounting pressure, the woman faced threats from her family. They threatened to cut off ties with her and take legal action if she did not distribute a portion of the inheritance to them. Her father even went as far as involving the police, alleging that she had ‘stolen’ the money.
The woman was stuck. The money had legally been left solely to her, and felt it would be immoral to go against her grandpa’s wishes by sharing it with other family members. However, $8 million was an enormous sum of money, so she wondered whether she was being greedy in refusing to split it.
Asking Social Media
The woman took her dilemma online, posting her story on social media and awaiting a response from readers. Thankfully, everyone had her back. “You do not owe them any money”, one commenter reminded her. “Just because they are blood relatives doesn’t mean they are family. Your grandpa might have been a grumpy old man but he saw something in you.”
Everyone reading was shocked at how entitled the woman’s family was acting. “My god, these entitled people!”, exclaimed another reader. “If they want to cut you off for money that your grandpa willed to you, show them the door. Buy yourself a lovely home and move away from them, pay for your sister’s college, and save the rest.”
One reader praised the woman for her smart reasoning but suggested treading carefully. “Your reasoning is sound and honestly, people will turn on each other when money is involved”, they wrote. “Get a good lawyer, get a financial adviser, set up a trust fund for your sister, and only tell people what you have on a ‘need to know’ basis.”
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