This Redditor’s life suddenly turned upside down when he discovered he was inheriting a considerable fortune from his grandfather. The problem was that his other relatives wanted a significant cut of his money!
Before OP (Original Poster) started his story, he shared that the matter had already been settled legally.
He doesn’t need a lawyer or any legal advice. He just needed to understand the moral aspects of things and if he was being an a**hole.
OP is 22 and is an only child. Sadly, his dad passed away when he was only 18.
Being an only child, there were no problems or arguments over his dad’s estate. However, he said it was important to note because a few months after OP’s dad died, his grandfather passed away, too.
OP’s grandfather’s estate got tied up in “legal s***” for four years, but he was never really part of the discussion.
He shared, “My grandad ended up having quite a bit of money and also ended up cutting several of his children out of his will for very serious and very private matters.”
Conditions of the Will
Of his many children, only four were left in the will, including OP’s late dad.
He said, “It was specified that if the child passed before him, that their share was to be split up among their children—me—or be redistributed if they had no living child.”
Receiving His Share
One day, one of OP’s aunts asked him out for lunch. He agreed, and she picked him up.
During lunch, OP’s aunt talked to him about the will and handed him a “huge check.” OP noted that this was the first time he had heard about getting anything, and he was “in shock” because the amount of money was enough to “set him up for life.”
The Only Grandchild
The other three children in the will were still very much alive, and only OP’s dad had passed away. So, he was the only grandchild to get anything directly.
Estranged Relatives Reaching Out
OP doesn’t have the money yet, as it’s still in the bank. However, he immediately started receiving texts from aunts and uncles who were “cut out” of the will.
They were demanding OP give them a “generally large amount.”
Thinking Things Through
He told them he’d have to think things through and asked what they needed the money for.
He shared, “One of them gave a sob story about her kids—doubtfully true—and another got hostile.”
His Cousins’ Demands
Some of his cousins whose parents got money from the will also asked OP for a cut, saying it “wasn’t fair” that he was the only grandchild to get anything.
OP wrote, “I was told I was too young and too dumb to have this much money. So on.”
No End in Sight
OP shared that his relatives’ demands went on for a week. What made things worse was that they never really talked to OP before the money and inheritance issues.
Changing His Plans
He said that before everyone came to demand money from him and accuse him of negative things, he’d been planning to share some of the fortune.
OP wrote, “I hadn’t figured out many details, but I had a few ideas and plans.”
I Can’t Believe Them
OP couldn’t understand why his family was acting this way. He said, “The amount of entitlement coming from these people was astounding, and I basically told them to not count on ever seeing a penny of the money I got.”
He’s sure he’s doing the right thing when it comes to the law. However, he’s not confident it’s morally right.
Insights From Redditors
Redditors advised OP to keep doing what he’s doing. He doesn’t owe anyone money.
This Redditor said, “Not the a**hole. Screw them. They’re displaying their true colors by guilting you into parting with money. Invest wisely, and live it up with the rest. Screw them. Once you give in, it never stops, and you’ll find your mental health deteriorating, along with your bank account.” Another agreed, saying, “Very true. Keep these people at a distance. You didn’t need them before the money; you don’t need them now.”
It Doesn’t Make Sense
People also noted that his cousins would get their share in due time. So, it was not OP’s responsibility to give them a cent.
“So later on, when their parents die, should OP then go ask them for some money? Of course not! It also doesn’t make any sense why they are asking OP for money. The moral thing to do is to tell them to f*** off because that’s what OP’s grandfather would have wanted,” wrote one user.
What advice would you give OP? What would you do if you were in his shoes?
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