A nineteen-year-old woman was included in her great-grandmother’s will, which split her estate four ways between different family members. The will stipulated she would receive the money at eighteen, however, things took a turn for the worse when her other relatives refused to honor her great-grandmother’s wishes.
The Will Was Split Four Ways
The young woman said, “So years ago around when I was about seven, my great-grandmother passed away. She split inheritance money in her will between me, my mother, my aunt, and my grandmother.”
Her Mother Had Her Money
The will stipulated that she would receive the money at the age of eighteen. However, when she turned eighteen, she discovered that her mother had already received the inheritance on her behalf.
Her Mother Thought She Would Spend the Money Un Wisely
Her mother had kept this information from her until she graduated from high school. When she asked why she didn’t receive the money on her eighteenth birthday as stated in the will, her mother simply replied that she believed she would spend it recklessly.
She Was Furious
While she understood her mother’s concerns about her age, she couldn’t help feeling furious about the situation. Now that she was in college and facing student loan debts, she realized that the inheritance money could have been put to good use to alleviate her financial burden or even buy a new car her current one broke down.
She Asked For The Money Back
Politely asking her family to give her the money back didn’t yield any results. Feeling that the will’s legal stipulation should be honored, she made the decision to take the matter to court, which led to a wave of anger from her family.
Was The Woman In The Wrong?
Despite the backlash, she believed that standing up for what was legally stated was the right thing to do. Nevertheless, she still questioned herself, wondering if she might be mistaken or not fully understanding the complexities of the situation due to her young age.
The Internet Responded
One person said, “If this money was left for you to receive at age 18, you should receive the money at age 18. Your mother might be right that you will waste it, but if you do, that’s your own call. You’re an adult now.”
Another Person Commented
“Your grandmother specified that you get your inheritance at 18 – her wishes mean it’s your money. If your family isn’t honoring those wishes and giving you what’s legally yours, then unfortunately you have no choice but to sue.”
She Offered An Update
After receiving advice and support from the internet community, the woman reached out to an attorney who confirmed that the will indeed stated she should receive the money at eighteen. She decided she would not go to court if her relatives, who were present during the will hearing, were willing to cooperate and settle the matter amicably. However, if they refused, she was prepared to take the case to court.
She Decided To Take It To Court
In a second update, the woman said that her mother and the other relatives mentioned in the will still refused to comply. A brief investigation revealed that they had all spent the money that was meant for her. With no other choice, she was now determined to take the matter to court to fight for her rightful inheritance.
The Internet Responded
One poster said, “Since they spent your money as a group, name them all in the suit. They are no longer family, they are thieves.”
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