A Selfish Man Took Advantage of His Wife’s Grief After Losing Her Mother and Secretly Used $650,000 of Her Inheritance to Buy a House
A man and his wife had been married for two decades, building a beautiful life together. Their life was set to become even more secure after a large inheritance was left to the woman, but little did she know that the man had other ideas for its use.
The Beloved Condo
The couple had lived together in a condo for over a decade, it held cherished memories of raising their child, and its sentimental value ran deep. The thought of leasing it out to someone else never crossed their minds, as it was always reserved for their child if they ever needed a place to stay.
Changing Tides in Their Lives
As time passed, career advancements brought newfound financial possibilities, and with their child now grown, a new chapter beckoned. The husband, emboldened by his career success, began considering the idea of buying a new house. However, his wife had a more conservative outlook.
Tragedy struck when the wife’s mother passed away, leaving her as the sole heir. Amidst her grief, she entrusted her husband with the responsibility of managing her mother’s affairs, giving him the legal authority to handle her will.
A Purchase in Colorado
With this newfound authority, the husband decided to seize an opportunity he had been eyeing for a while. “I used about 40% to buy a new property in Colorado (~$650k) and put the rest in our joint investment portfolio”, the man explained.
However, the man did not inform his wife about this decision, keeping the entire purchase a secret. The man explained why: “The reason was that she did not want to deal with any financial issues while grieving and I have had my eye on this market for a while… I just couldn’t walk away from the opportunity once I found out about it.”
A Time-Sensitive Opportunity
In an attempt to justify his actions, the man explained that the property purchase was incredibly time-sensitive. “The property was pretty much guaranteed to not be on the market for very long, so waiting was not an option.”
A Well-Intentioned Plan
The husband crafted a plan to gauge his wife’s reaction. He intended to visit the new property once a month and, based on her feelings towards it, make a decision.
As the man saw it, there were two possible outcomes. If she embraced the idea, they could move in and enjoy the benefits it offered. If not, he considered the possibility of renting it out or reselling it, believing that it had already appreciated in value.
Despite believing in his plan, the man expressed that he was beginning to feel guilty and question his actions. “I have a sinking feeling that I need to tell her and that I have acted selfishly”, he explained.
Seeking Reddit’s Advice
Feeling overwhelmed with this sinking feeling in his heart, the man knew he had to confess his actions. However, he chose to share with the internet before he informed his wife. Unsurprisingly, reactions were not positive – ‘You know darn well that her not wanting to deal with decisions didn’t mean “go buy whatever you want with my money”’, one reader accused.
He Used Her Grief
Many people commented on the disturbing way that the man immediately jumped to spend his wife’s money. “You used the fact that she was grieving as a means to achieve your own goals”, another commenter accused. “If you were acting in good faith you would have avoided making such a large decision until you could discuss it together.”
Dirty Little Secret
Almost nobody believed the man’s explanation for keeping the purchase secret. “Don’t give us these lies that you had to keep it a secret because she didn’t want to deal with it”, someone snapped. “You had to keep it a secret because you know darn well she would have said no.”
A Popular Comment
One of the most popular comments succinctly described the man’s post in a single sentence, highlighting the ludicrous nature of his actions. It read, “‘I spent $650,000 of my wife’s money without asking her at all, am I in the wrong… really?!”’
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