A man recently tragically lost his mother to cancer, and he and his brother were the sole inheritors of her assets. He had inherited his mother’s apartment, but he would soon have to protect this against the prying eyes of his two aunts.
The Apartment Inheritance
The man’s mother had always emphasized the importance of having a secure place to call home. She had purchased an apartment where the man had been living for the past seven years and had left it to him in her will. The brother, who already owned an apartment in the same building, had no issue with this arrangement.
The Life Insurance Payout
In addition to the apartment, the mother’s passing had also led to a significant life insurance payout. The policy had been written solely in the man and his brother’s name.
One Aunt’s Financial Struggles
However, not everyone in the family agreed with this decision. One of the man’s aunts had a history of financial troubles, and his mother had frequently helped her out financially during her lifetime. This history seemed to play a significant role in her objection to the inheritance arrangement.
Another Aunt’s Perspective
The man’s other aunt was financially stable, but she supported her sister’s plea for a share of the inheritance. Both aunts believed that since the man could afford to rent a place, he should let the financially struggling aunt stay in the apartment.
The Man’s Decision
The man, however, was adamant that his mother’s wishes be respected. “I said no, stating that my mother wanted me to have the apartment,” he recounted. “I am currently saving all the money I would have used on rent and intend to buy my own house when I have enough saved.”
The Life Insurance
In response, the man’s aunts proposed that he at least share the life insurance payout with them. The aunts felt that its division was unjust and believed that their mother had expected the brothers to share their wealth.
The man’s brother had taken a firm stance against his pesky aunts. “He blocked them when they contacted him about this, and suggested I do the same,” he explained.
The Man’s Guilt
Despite his brother’s advice, the man was plagued by guilt at the thought of cutting off his family over financial disputes. He empathized with his aunts’ financial struggles, recognizing that they needed the money more than him.
It’s What She Wanted
However, the man recognized that this was his mother’s wish. If she had wanted to leave her sisters part of her assets, she would have done so. He believed that going against her dying wishes would be immoral and even illegal.
The Aunts’ Explanation
In response to this explanation, the aunts claimed that their inheritance was a given. They claimed that the man’s mother had simply assumed that her sons would be kind enough to share the inheritance with family, and that he was taking advantage of her kindness by believing it was all for him.
An Online Jury
The man was unsure how to move forward, so he headed online and asked an internet forum if he was wrong to refuse to share with his aunts. To his relief, everybody had his back. “There is absolutely no way you’re in the wrong here,” one reader defended. “I’m afraid the only way forward is to block your toxic aunties, just like your brother did.”
Cutting Them Off
Everyone agreed that the man’s situation was precisely what the mother expected. “Your mom was incapable of cutting off the aunties in life so has done so in death and there is a 1,000% chance your mom doesn’t want you burdened with them as she was,” one commenter stated. “Cut them off – it’s what your mother wanted.”
Against Her Wishes
Other comments agreed with the man that sharing the inheritance would make his mother turn in her grave. “If your mother would have wanted them to have inheritance, she would have left it in her will,” one commenter agreed. “Sounds like she was pretty thorough in her estate plan, so in my opinion, you would be going against your mom’s wishes by giving them money.”
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