This Redditor’s dad just passed away. But while everyone’s grieving, he’s thinking about his inheritance. Now he even plans to sue his own sister!
Time to Say Goodbye
OP (Original Poster) is a 40-year-old with a twin brother and an older sister. They are all currently grieving their dad’s death.
A $500,000 House
He then explained that they all grew up together in their parents’ house. It’s a “large, multi-story, five-bedroom house” worth around $500,000.
An Equal Share
Their father’s will stated that his assets—cash, house, and more—would be divided equally between his three kids. So, while OP was in town for his father’s funeral, he asked his siblings when a good time would be for them to discuss putting the house up on the market.
There’s No Need
His sister said there was “no need” to do it anymore because their dad had already sold the house before his death.
OP was confused about what his sister said because his dad was living in the house until he passed.
OP’s sister went on to explain that their dad had been sick for years and was “deep in debt.” Therefore, he needed to sell the house to have enough money to spend.
He wrote, “Of course, with his health as poor as it was, that would be a complicated undertaking. So my sister and her husband bought the house with the understanding that he would continue living there for free.”
I Need All the Details!
OP was “flabbergasted.” When their dad died, he only had around $120,000 left to his name.
Her sister’s story also didn’t make sense to him, so he demanded she give him more details about what had happened.
OP’s sister did her best to explain, saying that the mortgage lender would only approve them for $375,000. It was far less than the house was originally worth.
He shared, “My dad apparently spent the other $250,000 paying off his debts, paying for treatments, and ‘maintaining his quality of life,’ as my sister put it.”
$40,000 in His Pockets
His sister told OP he was only getting $40,000 for her inheritance. However, since she bought their dad’s house, she’ll get $40,000 plus the house.
OP’s absolutely blinded by rage and called her sister a “thief who took advantage of their father when he was vulnerable.” OP added, “She basically pocketed the difference in the value of the house out of my inheritance.”
Then, it was OP’s sister’s turn to get mad. She told OP that she and her husband had been struggling to pay off two mortgages while raising their four kids for years.
She said getting no income from the second house has been challenging. But for OP, it was her choice, and her kids were not his problem; at the end of the day, she even got a house out of what she did.
Breaking up the Fight
OP’s sister was so upset that she started yelling at OP and crying. So, after some time, her husband intervened and pulled his wife away.
His Twin’s Thoughts
When his sister left, OP turned to his twin brother for support. But he just shrugged and said he “couldn’t find it within him to care about a house after they just buried their dad.”
OP wrote, “I miss Dad too, and I hate fighting with my sister, but what she did was wrong.”
OP is hell-bent on taking what is “his.” So, he decided to reach out to a lawyer and said he was planning to “sue” his sister.
He said, “I’m nervous. I know this will permanently fracture my family. I just want what’s rightfully mine, but is it worth blowing up my sister’s life?”
For Redditors, the a**hole in this scenario is no other than OP.
One said, “You’re the a**hole. The rest of your family is grieving while you’re over here crying about your inheritance? You’re selfish, entitled, and greedy!”
She Did What She Could
Others also pointed out that OP’s sister cared for their dad while no one else helped him. OP didn’t even come to the town until it was time for their dad’s funeral!
This Redditor wrote, “Your sister was there helping your dad. What did you do, OP, except show up for the funeral and demand what is ‘yours?’ You don’t deserve anything beyond what he left to you. The house was sold, and trying to sue her for what? Helping your Dad?”
The same user added that he’s a toxic relative who will only waste his $40,000 on paying a lawyer. She said, “I can’t imagine this legal action will go anywhere except to give your lawyer a nice payday, so you’ll be giving away most of your $40,000 because you’re greedy. Your existence must be so sad. While your father was just laid to rest, you want to fight over money. Sounds like your family will be better off without you; no one wants to deal with a toxic relative. You’re the a**hole—a greedy one.”
Not the Right Time
Though some say it’s right to discuss these things, OP could have waited and improved on his timing.
“So close to the funeral is not the time to start talking about money. Since there is a will, it is up to the executor of the estate to make a list of the assets and open probate. That would have been better timing. Honestly, if OP lives out of town and didn’t know about the debts and left the care of an aging father to his siblings, talking about the money right around the funeral is not going to go over well with anyone,” commented one Redditor.
Do you think OP’s greedy? Did his sister do anything wrong?
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This post first appeared as He’s Suing His Sister for Claiming Ownership of Their Late Dad’s House. But She Legally Bought It From Him and Paid for the Mortgage. He’s “Selfish, Entitled, and Greedy!” on Quote Ambition.