A man recently asked for advice about a conflict with his siblings. The siblings had benefited from their parents’ inheritance, while the man had been spurned, but was he right to clash with his siblings? Here’s what he had to say:
The Man Didn’t Get On With His Siblings
“My brothers, sisters, and I do not have a great relationship. We’re all low or no contact with each other. I have a great job that pays very well while they’re barely making minimum wage or living off their spouses.”
He Had Always Supported His Parents
The man had been his parents’ primary caregiver during their declining years. That meant looking after them and paying for any treatment or support that they needed. While his siblings sometimes visited, none of them made the same contribution.
His Parents Passed Away
The man was saddened when his father died. He learned that his father had left everything to the man’s mom. That made sense. But when his mother died shortly afterwards, all hell broke loose.
The Will Was A Nightmare
“I thought the estate would be divided equally between the children, but instead the bulk of the estate (almost all of it is in the house) was left to my siblings. My portion was a minority (5%) ownership of their house.”
His Mom Felt He Didn’t Need The Money
The man’s mother had written him a letter. It explained that since he was doing so well in life, she felt that he didn’t need to inherit as much as his less fortunate siblings. She was grateful for all the help that he’d given her, but she wanted to leave her money where it counted most.
He Couldn’t Believe What He Was Reading
While his mom clearly thought she was acting fairly, the man was horrified. After all that he’d done for his parents, he was getting as good as nothing. Meanwhile, his siblings, who hadn’t looked after their parents at all, were getting a big payout.
The Siblings Wanted To Sell The House
The man’s siblings were cash-hungry, and they wanted to put the house on the market as soon as possible. There were plenty of taxes and bills to pay. However, the man still felt hurt by what had happened, and he wasn’t going to make things easy on his siblings.
The Man Refused To Sell
The man had only had a 5% stake in his parents’ house, but he wanted to use it to his advantage. He refused to agree to sell the house, and he knew that his siblings couldn’t afford to buy him out.
His Siblings’ Pleas Fell On Deaf Ears
The man listened as his siblings begged him to sell his part of the house. They would be able to use the profit to move out of crummy apartments, look after their kids, or pay for new cars. It would make a real difference to their lives.
He Held His Ground
When asking for help didn’t work out, the man’s siblings started to insult him. Still, he refused to give in. Things became so tense that even his own wife suggested that he was overreacting.
Was He The Villain?
The man wondered if he was right or wrong to prevent the sale. His siblings needed the money, but he still felt hurt by his mom’s betrayal. However, was he right to take his anger out on his siblings? He no longer even knew what his goal was in refusing to sell.
People Attacked The Man
One person had this to say: “It sounds to me that he is refusing to sell just to be spiteful. With no end game, I don’t see the point.”
Another Person Was Also Unsupportive
They said, “He is mad at his mother, and he’s taking it out on his siblings. Granted, it sounds like the siblings weren’t helpful in caring for the parents when they were alive. It’s unfortunate that the mother chose to leave behind a trail of bad blood between him and his siblings.”
Another Commenter Said:
“OP, my dude, they don’t need your permission, as joint owners, to force a sale. And if you are the executor, then you have a fiduciary duty to do what is best for the estate…or you’ll be personally liable for damages to the value of the estate. Just act like a grown up and move on. YTA”
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