This Redditor couldn’t keep the money she received from the man who raised her but was not her biological dad. So, she gave everything to her brother! Was she wrong to leave her sister out?
When OP (Original Poster) was a young teenager, her biological mom kidnapped her and told her that her dad wasn’t her birth father.
However, she didn’t think anything of it at this time because she was a “druggy, alcoholic piece of s***.”
The Heartbreaking Truth
Then, in 2018, OP took an ancestry DNA test, which later linked her with a half-brother. She also found her biological father through this test.
Lying by Omission
OP, however, never told her dad about this because she loved him very much and didn’t care that she wasn’t his biological child. She instead told her little sister, who’s 28 now, “in confidence” because she came with her to meet her half-brother for safety purposes.
Sadly, the man who raised her, and the only one she considered her dad, passed away. The land and buildings he owned were to be split 50/50 between her and her sister.
Then, their little brother, who was 26 now, was to get the family business and all the equipment.
A Promise to Herself
However, deep down, OP felt guilty about everything. So, she made a promise to herself before that whatever she inherited would be transferred to her little brother.
She wrote, “My dad was legally blind, and while my sister and I left to start our own lives, my little brother stayed at the homestead and took care of dad. So, I thought it was only fair that he gets everything.”
Sister’s Crumbling Mental Health
Additionally, OP’s younger sister and their dad never got along. He always cared for her, but she had a few mental disorders that complicated things.
Two Against One
Another thing OP considered was the fact that her sister wanted to sell everything, kick their brother out of the only home he’s ever known, take the cash, and leave everything behind.
On the other hand, OP and her brother were in agreement that he should remain on the home’s property and take care of their dad’s business.
A Turning Point
Because of OP’s decision to leave everything to her brother, her sister now thinks she’s the “biggest a**hole of all time.”
OP added, “She also went around and told anyone who would listen—we grew up in a small town—that I wasn’t his daughter and I deserve nothing.”
Protecting His Legacy
After OP’s sister tarnished her name, she once again said that if OP didn’t want her inheritance, it should go to both her and their brother.
But no matter what she did or will do, OP will never give in. She and her brother want to protect and keep everything their dad worked for, and she wants to sell it all; this is something she would never stand for.
The “Fair” Route?
Now, their relatives are torn. Half think what OP did was right, while the other half think she’s a jerk who should split the inheritance evenly for things to be fair.
Not My Goal
However, for OP, what was important was protecting her dad’s legacy and her brother.
She wrote, “I just want my little brother to be taken care of and my dad’s possessions to stay intact.”
OP admits that part of her is angry at her sister for telling everyone she wasn’t her dad’s biological child. At the same time, she also discovered that she told their dad—years ago—that she wasn’t his biological daughter.
Safeguarding His Peace
Some might think there’s some malice behind her actions. But for OP, she didn’t come clean only because she refused to hurt his feelings.
She said, “I never told him because I never met my biological dad, and I only considered the man who raised me to be my ‘real’ father, and I didn’t want to hurt him.”
What the Community Thinks
Redditors offered some suggestions on how OP could start her next step.
One commented, “Not the a**hole. Sign your share over to brother. Ask him to consult a lawyer about how to protect himself from his sister. The last thing he needs is to become her new ATM after she blows through her inheritance.”
Another person said, “Not the a**hole, but lawyer up now. She might try to contest the will and take everything.”
Others pointed out that OP’s sister’s actions show how toxic she’s being. For them, OP should start cutting her off as soon as possible.
“Not the a**hole. It’s your inheritance; do with what you please. It’s no one’s place to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do with it. I would personally go no contact with your sister, though. She sounds immature and toxic as hell,” commented one Redditor.
A woman said, “Not the a**hole, but your sister sure is. She’s already getting 50%, and now she thinks she’s entitled to half of your 50%, too? She’s beastly. You should look into buying out her 50% interest in the house with your inheritance for your brother. Then, he can keep the house and whatever cash is left.”
Do you think OP’s doing the right thing? What would you do?
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