This Redditor was happy to give his half-sibling a cut of the estate his father left. But everything changed when he learned how cunning she was, with the guts to steal from his dad!
No Paper Trail
OP’s (Original Poster) dad died without a will. His health had been declining for over a decade, and he was aware of his “imminent death.”
Even so, he didn’t draft a will and left everything to fate and the law. When he died, he left two legal heirs: OP and his younger brother.
A Half-Sibling’s Stake
OP and his brother, however, have a half-sister who is older than both of them. She’s their sister through their mom, but she had a good relationship with their dad.
Being the eldest legal heir, OP was the personal representative of his dad’s estate. He also got more control over things since his younger brother was in prison.
He wrote, “My dad did have a 401(k), worth about 40% of his total assets. While this has yet to be proven, my half-sister claims to be the sole beneficiary of the 401(k).”
Forging a Bond
Though she was not their dad’s biological daughter, they still had a great relationship. She wasn’t part of their lives while they were growing up, as she lived with her stepdad and went to prison for a few years.
However, when she got out, she lived with OP’s family for a bit while she got back on her feet.
Her Own Family
To OP, it seemed like her half-sister had everything together.
He wrote, “She has mostly been on the straight and narrow since then; got married and started her own family. They live very comfortably and have a good relationship with my dad.”
Straight to the Point
The moment OP’s dad passed, his half-sister immediately began making claims about his wishes. According to her, their father wanted OP and her to work together on settling the estate.
Initially, OP was “more than happy” to work with her on this and had originally planned to split the assets three ways.
Transparency Is Key
Because they were dealing with money, OP tried to be as transparent as he could be. He would check with his half-sister constantly.
He even set up a Google Sheet to document all court documents, transactions, receipts, and more!
However, a few months after they started discussing everything, his half-sister got “extremely pushy” about renovating his dad’s house. He mentioned that she went as far as to line up a contractor to do some major work within a week of their conversation.
OP wrote, “She wanted me to agree to tens of thousands of dollars of work on a handshake agreement.”
Wait Just a Minute!
OP was getting overwhelmed, so he signaled that he wanted to “pump the brakes.” When he did this, his half-sister got angry and “threatened” to keep every cent of the 401(k) unless OP agreed to her demands.
Furious, he hung up and texted her that they should talk when she calmed down.
That’s the Last of This Conversation
However, she only responded by saying, “No. We are done!” In turn, OP wrote her an email, saying he couldn’t work with her if she continued acting this way.
He also told her that he’d be open to seeing a therapist together so they could come up with a better plan of communication. Sadly, his half-sister never replied to it.
What a Cunning Woman!
After this, OP realized that his half-sister drained his dad’s bank accounts the day after he died by stealing his wallet and using his debit and credit cards. Then, she lied about other “important estate stuff.”
OP wrote, “As I was closing those bank accounts, I inquired about all the posthumous transactions which triggered a fraud investigation on her.”
Going on the Defensive
The investigation prompted OP’s half-sister to call, but she didn’t acknowledge her wrongdoings. He then calmly told her he no longer wanted a relationship with her and said she shouldn’t call him moving forward.
His half-sister hung up and responded with a bitter and malicious text message, claiming she was a “good daughter” and his dad had actually planned to “disinherit” OP and his brother so he could give her everything.
You Have No Right!
OP has since talked to a lawyer about everything, and he found out that she had no legal claim to anything. He’s thinking of pressing charges, but if he chose not to, then he noted that he was “not liable” for “negligence of duty.”
He added, “At this point, I am considering just cutting her out. My brother is in prison and doesn’t care. Would that make me an a**hole?”
Insights From Redditors
For users, OP shouldn’t even think of anything else but the fact that his dad and half-sister weren’t related by blood.
A top commenter wrote, “She is not even related to your dad. How can she be entitled if there is no will? Not the a**hole.”
Another said, “Legally, it doesn’t look like you owe her anything. I am not a lawyer, attorney, or paralegal; this is my assumption, not legal advice, and we all know what happens when you assume. I’m sorry for how this is going to look, but your dad was definitely the a**hole for not having a will in place. What do you feel your father would have wanted, and are you okay with doing that? That’s what you need to be asking yourself.”
People also advised OP to be cautious, as his half-sister would probably do something against him.
“There is a high chance she will play badly, so keep your attorney with you; I heard many stories. Careful, OP, just cross-post this post in the law sub,” commented one user.
Another Redditor wrote, “Not the a**hole. Your half-sister is not entitled to any of your dad’s estate unless he put it in writing. She can say anything—and she’s saying a lot—but nothing she says will hold up in a court of law unless there is documentation. If she is indeed the sole beneficiary of Dad’s 401(k), there will be a document on file with the company to that effect. I seriously doubt that there is. Your felon sister has tried to con you.”
What should OP do? Should he push through with pressing charges?
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This post first appeared as He Refused to Share the Inheritance He Received From His Dad With His Maternal Half-Sister After Discovering She Drained His Bank Accounts a Day After He Died! Was He Wrong? on Quote Ambition.