A husband and his three sons lost their mother at a very young age. But when the father remarried, their stepmother wanted to adopt them. The oldest of the three refused, but his two brothers went through with it. Now, the oldest brother is the only one to receive his grandparent’s inheritance.
They Were Young
The man said, ‘I (24M) and my brothers (20M, 18M) lost our mother when I was 7.’
His Father Remarried
Three years after the death of their mother, the oldest was 10, and the father remarried. Being ages 6 and 4, his brothers accepted their new mother, but the oldest just couldn’t. He missed his mom, and she could never be replaced.
She Wanted To Adopt Them
When his brothers turned 9 and 11, the stepmom wanted to adopt them. After all, she had been raising them with her husband for years. The oldest immediately refused; he felt uncomfortable, and so did his maternal grandparents, who were also against the idea. His brothers loved their new mom and accepted the adoption. They all changed their names, and the oldest was the only family member with his birth mother’s surname.
He Felt Isolated
The man said he felt isolated from his family and turned to his grandparents, aunt, and uncle for support. They were his connection to his birthmother, and he ended up spending lots of time with them to the point that he’d often fight with his father.
He Wants To Go To His Grandparents Instead Of On Vacation
When his family went on vacation, the oldest son wanted to spend time with his grandparents instead. His father had often argued with him for not wanting to hang out with his brothers and stepmom, but the man didn’t care. His brothers also had a relationship with their birth mothers’ parents, but it was nowhere near the connection the oldest had with them.
He Lost His Loved Ones
The adoption changed the grandparent’s relationship with their two other grandsons, but they still loved them. 2020, the grandfather passed, and the grandmother followed in early 2023. The oldest was devastated but was comforted by the fact that he still had his uncle and aunt.
He Was The Only Son In The Will
The man said, ‘Grandmother had a will in which all her estate is divided three ways: me, uncle, and aunt.’
It Was Meant To Be A Secret
The oldest brother’s uncle was helping the man navigate his inheritance, and his main advice was not to tell his family. It was his money and no one else’s business. But when the oldest received some court mail, his dad found out, and things got very awkward.
He Still Lived With His Dad
The man still lived with his dad and stepmom, so he wasn’t surprised when the father saw the letter but was shocked by the response. His father was furious at his son for keeping the inheritance a secret, and his brothers demanded that he share it. But the man said no, as they weren’t part of the maternal family anymore, and they would inherit money from their stepmother turned adoptive mother.
He Was Kicked Out
The man pointed out that his father and brothers hardly visited their mom’s grave or grandparents, so they were not entitled to receive the inheritance. His dad kicked him out and said he could return when he had apologized and was willing to share the inheritance. The man went to his uncles, where he received a flurry of texts from his family, pressuring and guilting him. He didn’t know if he was in the right, so he asked the internet for advice.
The Internet Responded
One person said, ‘If your grandmother wanted them to have the money, she would’ve included them in the will.’
Others Chimed In
Another commented, ‘They were younger and shouldn’t be blamed for accepting a new parent.’
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