A man’s parents came into a large sum of money and are planning what to do with it. The siblings have begun to argue about how the inheritance will be shared. Who is in the wrong?
His Family Grew Up Poor
The man explained, “My dad worked several jobs and so did our adoptive stepmom. My adoptive mom came from even less.”
His Grandfather Passed Away
His grandfather from his adoptive mother’s side passed away. He clarified, “Her dad died a brutal death by prison guards and it was tragic. My family sued and won an incredibly large settlement.”
They Wondered What to Do with the Money
He explained, “My mom and dad have regularly asked what they should do with the money. I told my mom she should travel the world, retire, and do the things she has always wanted to do. My dad wants to also buy a house in the countryside where they can quietly retire.”
The Man Would Benefit From an Inheritance
The leftover money would be split between him and his sister. He has a disabled partner and would use the money to have a baby through IVF. He added, “It doesn’t seem like we really could afford a child like we would want to.”
His Sister Wants the Money
He explained, “She believes that since she has kids, and I don’t, it should go to her kids. My problem with this is that my sister has struggled all throughout her life with addictions. My parents and I both have bailed her out financially so many times.”
He is Being Harassed
He clarified, “Things were civil about these discussions until my sister and her husband kept harassing me and my fiancée. Saying that we are selfish, that we are taking their money, and that the money is meant for the kids.”
The Man Has Helped Her
He has helped her out with money for her kids in the past. He added, “I honestly feel that if I didn’t have to step in and parent her kids at an early age myself, I might be able to better afford my own child.”
She Lied About the Money
He added, “My sister even sometimes tells me that my dad plans on just giving all of the money to grand-kids. I brought this up with my parents and they said this wasn’t true. That the plan is actually to give my sister’s share to her kids and my share to me. I haven’t told my sister that I know this.”
She Has Spread Rumors
His sister has been telling people in their town that he’s greedy and hates his family. She’s even started shaming his partner and her job, implying that she’s lazy and disgracing him for getting engaged to a disabled woman. He explained, “My sister feels as if I shouldn’t take half because that leaves smaller shares for her children.”
Is He in the Wrong?
Is he wrong to not give up his share of the inheritance for her kids? How should he handle the situation?
He Turned to the Internet for Advice
One user commented, “Honestly neither you nor your sister should have any say. If your parents want to give the money to a local donkey sanctuary that is their right. Inheritance is a nice thing to get but not a right.”
Another Person Gave Their Opinion
“That’s only IF there is any money left. I don’t know how old your parents are but they should do all the things they want to do and plan well for the remainder of their lives. IF there is anything left however and they want it to go to their children then yes it should be equally split down the middle.”
Someone Else Commented
“Your sister is going to villainize you unless she gets every dime. She doesn’t want your parents to use any on themselves or donate to charity. She doesn’t truly want it for her kids, she wants it put in her hands to ‘take care of on behalf of her children’ until there’s nothing left.”
A User Shared Their Perspective
“I’m genuinely happy you support your parents in fulfilling their dreams instead of being jealous and hoping for a bigger share – you’re a good person. I really hope they won’t give in to her outrageous demands. Be open with them, tell them what she’s doing and saying… and all the best to you and your partner in the future!”
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