She was supposed to get her inheritance at 18. Now that she’s 19, she realizes her mom, aunt, and grandmother are so greedy that they want her money all to themselves!
Inheritance Split in Four
When OP (Original Poster) was around seven, her great-grandmother died. Her assets were split into an inheritance between her, her mom, aunt, and grandmother.
Conditions of the Will
However, OP would only get her money when she turned 18. OP is currently 19, but she still doesn’t have her money.
She wrote, “Somehow, they gave the money to my mother. She never told me about this until I graduated high school.”
Questions in Her Mind
When she learned about this, she asked her mom why she didn’t get her share even if she was already of age.
However, her mom just said, “Well, you’ll just spend the money!”
On the one hand, she understood her mom’s sentiments since many people her age would really spend it on unnecessary things. But on the other, she’s also mad!
She said, “I am a little furious that I’m now in debt for college, and I could’ve used that money for student loans or maybe even a new car if something happens, as an example.”
Not Giving In
OP tried asking her mom about it multiple times, and each time, she refused, even if she politely asked. After a while, OP decided to take the issue to court after she saw a copy of the will saying she would get the money at 18.
She thought of it as solid proof.
Now, everyone in her family is mad at her—all because she stood up for herself!
OP wrote, “I believe if it’s legally stated, then yes, you should fulfill, but I could be wrong as I’m young and I don’t understand. Plus, they are my family, and I love them, but I don’t feel this is fair and legal.”
OP tried reaching out to an attorney, and though they initially missed her call by mistake, she got confirmation that she should have gotten money at 18.
Now, she’s 100% she’s taking the legal route.
Would They Do the Right Thing?
She mentioned that if her family is willing to cooperate with her, she’s alright with just settling.
However, if not, she will push through and sue them.
OP’s family refused to cooperate. And, to make matters worse, after a short investigation, they found out that OP’s inheritance money had already been spent!
She said, “And yep, that means off to court! Wish me luck!”
The Community’s Reactions
For the community, OP needed to do what was right for her.
This Redditor said, “Not the a**hole. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do.”
It’s Your Money!
Redditors also comforted OP, saying that she deserved the money.
“Not the a**hole. What the f***? It’s your money that you were set to receive at your age. They’re withholding it from you. You have every right to sue them,” said one Redditor. Another said, “Not the a**hole. The money was intended for you; it should have gone to you. Your mother stole it. Period.”
What They Did Was Wrong!
Though some agreed that an 18-year-old or 19-year-old could be irresponsible with money, Redditors still say they shouldn’t have spent money that wasn’t theirs!
This woman wrote, “After seeing the amount in the comments, I get your mom being nervous to hand over that much to a 19-year-old, but still not the a**hole. There has been plenty of time to have an honest conversation about the funds and maybe set it up so you get it in chunks or something or discuss investing. Instead, she hid it from you completely. Not cool. Is it in a trust? If not, and it was given to your mother, there is a chance she is trying to hide that she spent it or a portion of it.”
You Have the Right to Do What You Want With Your Money
Some also noted that whether OP wanted to waste away her money or not, it was her right.
One user said, “Not the a**hole. You’re an adult; it’s yours, and it really doesn’t matter how you spend it. I’d talk to a lawyer and maybe an accountant who can estimate how much money should be in the account right now, just in case. I had inheritance money from my great-grandma and my great-grandpa that I wasn’t going to be able to access until I was 18, and my dad told me he spent all of it on me. He absolutely did not. He spent it on himself. You definitely would not be an a**hole for protecting your finances.” Another said, “Not the a**hole. So what if you spend the money? It’s your money. Your great-grandmother’s instructions were clear, and you’re correct about fulfilling something that’s legally stated. They have no right to keep the money from you.”
It’s Just an Excuse
People also backed OP up and said she seemed like a responsible adult who planned on spending her money on needs rather than wants.
One Redditor commented, “Money is meant to be spent. If it was intended for her, then taking it away is theft, in my opinion. The ‘you’ll just waste it’ sounds like an excuse; I’m sure mom spent it herself already and doesn’t want to cough it up. Plus, she indicated she would use it on a legitimate adult expense: student loans or a car.”
What do you think of this issue? Does OP have a chance of winning in court?
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