The man’s godfather passed away and left him an inheritance. His sister has demanded that he share some of it with her but she had no relationship with him. Is he wrong to refuse?
He Explained The Situation
The 23 year old man explained that he has two sisters; 28 and 19 year olds, Lisa and Kenzie. He added, “My parents divorced when I was little, leaving the custody battle up to the courts. Our parents agreed to send Lisa and I to live with our godparents Mark and Vivian.”
His Parents Shared Custody
The court later decided that his parents would split custody, alternating every other week. A year later, Mark and Vivian moved to the UK and a few years later, his mother remarried and had his sister, Kenzie. He added, “We weren’t that close because of the age gap and the time away from her, but the relationship stayed mainly positive.”
He Was Close To His Godparents
In high school, he stayed with his godparents in the UK during the summer. He also added, “Mark showed me how to drive, fish and do a bunch of other stuff. He was like a second father to me, unlike my stepdad.”
The Man Spent Holidays With Them
He attended university in Europe and his godparents visited him. However, his real parents only called occasionally but never visited. He added, “I ended up spending the holidays at their house and it basically became my second home.”
His Godfather Had Cancer
The man explained, “I graduated last year, but this was also the year I found out that Mark had cancer, despite this, he still came to my graduation. I then got a job in the US and moved back. He died earlier this year, and I was sad not to be there for him, but Lisa and I flew out to go to the funeral.”
He Got An Inheritance
He and his older sister received an inheritance. He said, “Much to my surprise, we both received a large sum of money in the 7 figures, in the form of a trust. I also received Mark’s car collection, worth about half a million dollars, which included the 911 he taught me to drive in. Vivian got the rest, and sold their house and to get a smaller apartment in London.”
His Sister Was Jealous
His mother and younger sister wanted to use some of the money to pay for her college. He explained, “When Kenzie found out what we received, she got jealous and demanded we share the money with her because we are family.”
He Refused To Share The Money
He explained, “I told them that it was my money, and Kenzie had nothing to do with Mark or Vivian, and that’s why she didn’t get anything. I was really mad that they asked for this without even coming to the funeral. I’ve since then stopped talking to them because they always find a way to bring it up during a conversation.”
Is He In The Wrong?
Is he wrong to refuse to split the money? Should he handle the situation differently?
He Turned To The Internet For Advice
One person commented, “It is your inheritance. You are under no obligation to give any to your other sister.”
Another User Shared Their Opinion
“People can get shameless when there’s money involved. you probably would have helped your sister when she needed it but now forget it. Don’t give in. She had no relation to your godfather or else he would have added her in the Will.”
Someone Else Commented
“When you come into some big money (lottery, inheritance, new job, etc.), there’s always an influx of people feeling entitled to that money. Doesn’t mean they are. Here, Mark made a clear will, while being sound of mind. If Kenzie received nothing, it’s because Mark didn’t want to give her anything. So, she has absolutely no claim to that money.”
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