This Redditor wants to know if he was wrong to keep all of his inheritance to himself. His stepmom and stepsister are going crazy over the money, but we think he deserves to keep everything!
A Blended Family
OP (Original Poster) is an 18-year-old male living with his dad, stepmom, and stepsister, Ellie, who will turn 18 soon. OP’s mom sadly passed away when he was a baby.
His dad married his stepmom when he was 10, but they have lived together ever since he was 9. He essentially grew up with Ellie, but he never really considered her to be his real sister.
His Maternal Grandma’s Money
OP shared that his maternal grandma recently passed away. Through his aunt, he found out that she had left him a sizable fortune.
He Was in Her Thoughts
OP’s aunt told him that his grandma was concerned about him and wanted him to be okay, especially since his mom died when he was only a baby.
He found out that the money his grandma had left him was enough for him to pay for and finish college without any debt. However, OP decided to attend a community college near his aunt and other cousins.
So, he didn’t really have to touch his inheritance.
You Should Give My Daughter Half!
OP’s stepmom told him the best way to go was to split the inheritance and give Ellie half. After all, she would be starting college soon, too.
For his stepmom, getting half of the inheritance would give Ellie a “good start in life.”
She’s Her Granddaughter, Too!
OP’s stepmom argued that Ellie deserved the inheritance OP got from his maternal grandmother since Ellie is her granddaughter, too.
In his post, OP said, “She said my grandma should have considered her anyway, seeing that Ellie and I grew up together and became brother and sister ‘at a very young age.’”
She’s Not Related to This Side of My Family
The thing is, OP was getting an inheritance from his maternal grandma—his mom’s mom. How could Ellie, the daughter of his stepmom from a previous relationship, be related to that side of his family in any way?
So, OP told his stepmom, “Ellie doesn’t have anything to do with my grandma, and why would she have her inherit over her other daughter and grandkids?”
OP’s Dad’s Thoughts
At some point, OP’s dad asked him if he would be willing to share any of his money with Ellie and if he was willing to help her at all. OP told his dad no.
Upon hearing her stepbrother’s response, Ellie “flipped.” She told OP that he was supposed to be her brother and that there should be no favoritism between them.
However, OP replied that there is no favoritism in this case. She was just not related—in any way—to this side of his family.
His Family’s Thoughts
Ellie and OP’s stepmom were adamantly telling OP he was wrong to think that way. OP’s dad hasn’t said anything like it, but he did mention that it would be a “good family move to share and to think of Ellie,” especially since she’s the “only sibling” he will ever have.
His Dad Somehow Understands
OP’s dad knows, more or less, how he feels about Ellie. He knew he didn’t consider her his sister, so he didn’t push OP much.
Going Crazy Over the Money
Conversely, OP’s stepmom and stepsister are going crazy over the money. It’s been several weeks, but they still keep bothering him about it.
The Pressure Is Too Much
With everything going on, OP decided to move in with his aunt. He said he did it to get away from everything.
However, he said it “keeps coming,” making him doubt his decisions.
For Redditors, OP did the right thing. They said that there was no way that Ellie deserved any of the money given to him by his late maternal grandmother.
A top comment was, “Not the a**hole. Your grandmother left it to you. Your dad and stepmom should have been setting aside money for you both, but apparently didn’t. Keep your money, spend it wisely on your schooling, and move forward.”
Would She Give You Anything?
Another Redditor asked OP to see things from a different perspective. If Ellie was the one receiving the inheritance from her side of the family, would she have shared it with him?
In his comment, the woman said, “Not the a**hole; ask what Ellie’s relatives are leaving you in their wills. Give her the exact same amount of money. Hint: it’s going to be nothing.”
What are your thoughts on OP’s situation? How would you help him overcome the pressure he’s getting?
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