In a family facing a complex and emotional dilemma, a concerned parent found themselves contemplating a significant change to their will. The issue revolved around their son, who had consistently prioritized his wife and stepchildren over his biological daughter.
A Troubling Pattern
The parent had observed a recurring pattern where the son consistently placed his wife and stepchildren above his biological daughter, who had recently turned 18. This behavior had occurred multiple times, leading the parent to believe that a drastic step was necessary.
Retracting His Inheritance
“I have decided to disinherit him and rescind his stepkids 529 college funds”, the parent explained. “I am not here for judgment if I should disinherit him or not, as his behavior has been outrageous and I think it’s only fair.”
The Current Distribution
The parent’s current will stipulated that their estate should be divided equally among their three children, including their son. They had also set up 529 funds for all their grandchildren, with themselves as the sole owners. The parent had only planned for their grandchildren to receive these funds and family heirlooms.
The Family’s Consensus
The parent explained that the entire family was willing to take extreme action against their son. “Everyone agrees that he, his wife, and stepkids are disowned and out of the family.”
This decision had left the son understandably upset. The parent acknowledged that the son was unlikely to leave anything to his own daughter in his own will now. However, the parent defended their actions bluntly: “What can I say, you reap what you sow.”
An Increased Inheritance
The other two children, who had substantial assets of their own, intended to leave their assets to their own children. Realizing their brother’s inheritance would no longer be left to him, they stated that they should receive an equal share of his portion.
The Parent’s Perspective
The parent, on the other hand, was not convinced by this argument. They wondered if the man’s daughter should receive the entirety of her father’s portion, given the circumstances and the emotional toll his terrible parenting had taken on her.
Seeking Legal Counsel
The parent had scheduled an appointment with their lawyer to make changes to their will, reflecting their decision to disinherit the son and rescind the college funds for his stepchildren. However, the final decision on how to distribute the son’s share of the estate remained a matter of contention within the family.
A Difficult Moral Question
The parent felt that it would be completely unfair for the man’s daughter to be left nothing, as she had done nothing wrong, and it would be unfair for her to be punished for her father’s actions. However, the daughter was indeed directly linked to the man, so the children’s suggestion of them splitting the inheritance made sense considering the man would be disowned.
An Online Jury
The parent headed online with their conundrum, asking for second opinions. Thankfully, everyone defended the parent’s initial thoughts. “Do not – I repeat DO NOT make one of your kids the executor of your estate”, one commenter advised. “Inheritance makes people go nuts and your kids 100% sound like they would try to find a way to screw over your granddaughter.”
Seek Legal Advice
Many readers suggested getting a legal expert involved as soon as possible. “Definitely see a lawyer to make sure your son or other children can’t contest by saying they were ‘forgotten’”, one reader suggested.
A common opinion was that the children were all acting incredibly entitled. “No one is entitled to your money”, another reader reminded the parent. “They don’t think she should get her father’s money? Fine, then they don’t get your money either. Tell them their shares go directly to their kids. Now everything is fair. That’ll change their tunes real fast.”
A Harsh Realization
Despite their young age, readers did not hold back in criticizing the parent’s children. “Your other children are greedy and think that your son’s daughter should be punished for her father’s neglect so that they can inherit more… that’s messed up”, another critic wrote.
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