This young Redditor became her grandmother’s sole inheritor after her dad declared he wanted nothing and her brother got disowned. Now her brother’s ex wants her to share the money with her six-year-old nephew!
New Assets Under Her Name
OP’s (Original Poster) grandmother recently passed away, and she just learned she’d become the sole benefactor of her will. Her grandma wasn’t a rich woman, but she lived a comfortable lifestyle.
She left OP her house, car, and savings.
Wanting Nothing to Do With It
She explained that her dad was her grandmother’s only child, but he made it clear early on, while the will was being written up, that he didn’t want anything from her mom.
He then told her that she should leave everything to OP, which her grandmother did.
Estranged Older Brother
While her dad was an only child, OP wasn’t. She had an older brother whom she hadn’t seen in five years since he was disowned by the family for “some s***” he did.
Her brother stole from various family members and “did other stuff OP can’t say without breaking this subreddit’s rules.” But she wanted to be clear that whatever her brother did, it “was bad.”
An Equally Estranged Nephew
When OP last saw her brother, he and his girlfriend had a one-year-old son. However, the couple “had no interest” in their son being around OP’s family.
They would just use him as a “bargaining chip” against OP’s parents.
A Broken Family
Recently, she discovered that her brother had broken up with his girlfriend. She learned about this because his ex-girlfriend contacted OP on social media a day after her grandmother’s funeral.
She called OP “babes” and used “x’s and emojis,” to which OP thought, “Ew, f*** off; we’re not friends.”
Her True Colors
Her brother’s ex wanted OP to tell her when the will would be read so she could come. OP didn’t know why she wanted to be there, as she wasn’t family.
But she just told OP she wanted to find out about “her son’s share of the inheritance.” OP wrote, “I was beyond shocked at the audacity of this b****, and I told her as much, stating there was nothing in the will for him and it had already been read to get the funeral plans she’d set out in it.”
So Many Unanswered Questions
She got “p*****” at what OP said, then demanded she tell her why her son had not been included in the will. Her brother’s ex also asked who’d gotten whatever assets were included in the will.
OP wrote, “I pointed out how she’d not acted like family and my brother had been disowned, so really, how could she think he’d be in the will? I also told her that I had gotten the stuff in the will—a mistake on my part, but whatever.”
The Right Thing to Do—or Is It?
She then told OP that sharing the money was the right thing to do. So, she demanded OP split it between her and her son, saying, “That ‘nice house’ is much too big for a single 21-year-old.”
Her brother’s ex began manipulating her, saying she was “selfish” and should sign over the assets to her or give her a cut of the money for her “nephew’s future.” She told OP it was her “responsibility” as the boy’s aunt.
Let the Emotional Blackmail Ensue
OP said no and told her not to contact her again.
She added, “I’ve heard she’s apparently talking on social media about how I’ve stolen her son’s future and food from his mouth and a roof from over his head. I won’t lie; it’s stressing me, and I’m starting to feel guilty.”
She’s Not Who I’m Worried About
OP mentioned that she “doesn’t give two s****” about her brother’s ex-girlfriend. She wrote, “She can go curl up in a gutter for all I care for what she put my parents through years ago.”
An Innocent Child
However, even if she’s mad at her brother and his ex, she knows her nephew is just a child, and he’s innocent. None of what happened or what’s happening is his fault.
Even so, she’s not ready to give in so easily. She noted, “I have doubts on if anything I give her for him would really trickle down to him.”
Would It Really Benefit Him?
She hasn’t seen her nephew since he was one, but she still feels bad about him not getting anything.
OP added, “Yeah, it could help him as his mom is a f****** wreck and my brother is a no-show in his life, but I have doubts on if he’ll even get anything I give.”
Redditors’ Thoughts and Suggestions
Some users suggested that the best way to go about things is to create a trust fund for her nephew.
A woman suggested, “Not the a**hole. However, if you wanted to do something nice for him, you could set up a trust in his name that only he will have access to when he’s 18. But it’s up to you. Unfortunately, sometimes, the sins of the father do affect the son.”
“You can put money aside for the nephew and contribute throughout the years for gifts you would’ve gotten him for birthdays and holidays if his parents didn’t suck. He will be so grateful at 18 to have a way to get away from them cause they sound toxic,” commented another woman.
It’s Not Her Choice to Make
However, some Redditors reminded her that, ultimately, the inheritance is part of her grandmother’s will. She knew about OP’s brother’s son but still didn’t give him a share, and to put it simply, it’s the answer to OP’s dilemma.
This Redditor wrote, “If OP’s grandmother had wanted to do that, then she could have set that up in her will, and she didn’t. Someone’s will is exactly that—their will, their wishes, their choices, just written down for when they’re not around to express them in person. And the obvious thing to do with someone’s choices is to respect them. There’s an interesting question here about who should inherit, but OP’s grandmother already answered it.”
Do you think OP should split her inheritance? What should she do with the money and other assets she received?
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This post first appeared as She Refused to Give Her Estranged Brother’s 6-Year-Old Son a Cut of Her Inheritance. Now His Money-Hungry Mom Is Guilt-Tripping Her, Saying She “Stole the Child’s Future!” Was She Wrong? on Quote Ambition.