A man was due to receive a significant inheritance from his late grandmother’s estate. He was stated to receive 30% of the estate, while his mother received 6%, and two cousins collectively received 14%.
The Remaining 50%
The remaining half of the estate was left to another woman. This raised suspicions amongst the family: the man wrote, “My mom thinks the family friend deceived my grandmother and wrote 50% of her estate to this woman”.
Legal Battle And Settlement
This 50% inheritance was fought over in a legal battle that spanned six months. The battle ended with the family friend settling for 75k and the condition that the man’s mother would pay her legal fees.
After seeing the trouble she went through and the fees she had to pay for the legal battle, the two cousins felt bad for the man’s mother, deciding to give up their collective 14% to her.
Request To Sign Over Inheritance
The man’s mother then asked her son to sign over his 30% share of the inheritance to her. She mentioned that she would “take care” of him and asked for trust.
Not The First Time
The man mentioned that this was not the first time that his mother had asked him to sign off his inheritance to her: “She also guilted me in the past to sign off everything telling me how hard this court case has been and that she has had a hard year.”
Refused By Her Son
The man refused to sign over the 30% inheritance. He said he was happy to work something out with her, but any agreement should be in writing. However, he argued that it was not right for the mother to guilt-trip him into giving up his inheritance.
Threats And Mediation
The mother then threatened her son with a court case and mentioned that mediation was scheduled for the next month, indicating that the situation may become expensive and litigious.
To make matters worse, the mother got another family friend involved with the drama: “Her best friend messaged me about the whole situation, telling me that she is heartbroken, disappointed, and devastated. I told the friend that I was very disappointed in my mother, and I don’t think a mother should be trying to take away everything from her son like this”.
What Grandma Would Have Wanted
The man was angry with his mother’s response and did not think of the situation as fair. He was very close to his grandmother and spent every summer with her, and thought it was only fair for him to receive the gift that she intended for her grandson. He was planning to start his own business soon, and the inheritance would help make this possible.
The man explained that he believed his relationship with his mother had already been damaged significantly. Despite this, he was still very angry and was unwilling to sign off his inheritance to his mother, especially considering the way she was guilt-tripping him.
To help deal with his emotions, the man told his story on an online forum. One respondent questioned his mother’s intentions: “If she’s in such a bad state that she needs it, couldn’t she just ask nicely? The fact that she’s threatened a lawsuit suggests that she’s rather selfish, and she just wants the money to herself because she feels entitled”.
A Sneaky Plan
Other commenters suggested that the mother was trying to play dirty tricks. “The only reason she’s guilt-tripping you is that she doesn’t have a case”, someone wrote. “Her promise that she’ll take care of you and to trust her is empty – you know any money you sign over to her is never coming back to you.”
Not Your Problem
The man continued to struggle with the concept of spoiling relations with his mother over money, but one reader attempted to reassure him. “Get that lawyer”, they suggested. “If that’s how she’s going to fight, she’s breaking her own heart. She’s being greedy. That’s not on you.”
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