His Half-Brother Was Abandoned by His Father, so When the Father Died, the Half-Brother Demanded an Inheritance Share – Fair Game or Far-Fetched?

A man’s father had recently passed away, leaving behind a house, a few cars, and some other possessions. However, the father unfortunately did not specify how these assets should be distributed, leading to a family dispute involving the man’s half-brother.

No Will 

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The man’s father had died suddenly and unexpectedly, and unfortunately, he had not written a will. The man and his disabled sister received a sizable share of these assets, distributed by an attorney, yet the man’s half-brother was not considered.

The Half-Brother

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The man explained how his half-brother had been abandoned by his father: “Even though he is biologically connected to my father, my father never cared for him or paid child support. They were practically strangers. We all knew he existed but beyond that, we knew nothing.”

A Complicated Request

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This was a serious problem. “It’s getting complex now because my half-brother is now demanding his “fair” portion of the property and assets”, the man explained. “He appeared out of nowhere and is now making demands.”

Sibling Entitlement 

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The man ultimately believed his half-brother’s requests to be unfair. “My sister and I have lived in our father’s house since day one”, he explained. “Additionally, the home is built around the needs of my disabled sister. “If my half-brother has his way, we would lose it all.”

Unsure What to Do

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The man became conflicted as to what he should do next. The half-brother had almost never met his father, whilst the man and his sister were always there for him, taking care of him during his final days. For this reason, the man felt that only he and his sister were entitled to a share of their father’s assets. 

An Attorney’s Perspective

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However, the lack of a will had led to the involvement of an attorney, and unfortunately, they disagreed with the man. The attorney believed that their half-brother had a good case to be entitled to a share of the property and assets. 

Serious Consequences

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The man was disturbed by the implications of ‘sharing’ his father’s property with his half-brother, which would mean liquidating it. “I don’t know if I can just let go of the house because it is so important to my sister’s wellbeing and carries so many memories… it feels unfair”, he lamented.

Adding Insult to Injury 

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The half-brother’s demands only got bigger. Due to never receiving child support from the father, the half-brother believed that he was entitled to more than a third of the entire estate as compensation.

Worrying About His Sister

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The situation was very stressful for the man, but the worst part was the prospect of losing his home and thus his sister’s lifeline. The sister relied on the house, and if it was sold, there was no way the man and his sister would have a combined share large enough to purchase a new property that would accommodate her needs.

Conflicted Feelings

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Ultimately, the man was unsure how to move forward. He felt that he had a responsibility to prioritize his and his sister’s needs, believing this would be what his father had wanted. However, he also empathized with his half-brother who had been abandoned by his father, wondering if he should include him in the inheritance one way or another.

An Online Attorney

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The man took his legal dispute online, asking readers what he should do. However, the response he received was upsetting. “Your argument is that your half-brother deserves nothing because his father abandoned him”, one commenter wrote. “He was physically and emotionally abandoned, why not financially too, huh?”

The Half-Brother Was Right

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The man was distraught to find that most people sided with his half-brother. “Splitting the estate in three is fair”, another commenter agreed. “He can’t help it that your dad was neglectful to him. However, receiving extra to make up for missed child support is pushing it.”

Should’ve Written a Will

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Everyone believed that the man’s father had seriously messed up. “The jerk in this story is, unfortunately, your dad, and these are the consequences”, one person stated. “He abandoned your half-brother and didn’t even write a will… that’s some irresponsible parenting right there.”

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