OP (Original Poster) suddenly became $8,000,000 richer when her estranged grandpa left her all his fortune. But now her family wants a piece of the money. What should she do?
OP is a 19-year-old who had an estranged relationship with her paternal grandfather.
Her dad barely had a relationship with him because his mom and dad divorced when he was only 10, and he lived with OP’s paternal grandmother. They lived in a different state and didn’t see much of OP’s grandfather.
Building a Relationship
When OP’s dad got a bit older, her grandfather started coming around a little bit more, too. She said, “He’d stay for a week at a time and then go home.”
Meeting Her Grandpa
However, her grandfather wasn’t the easiest person to be around.
OP wrote, “He was an old, bitter man, to be honest. He never remarried and lived his whole life in his coastal town with the same friends he’d had his whole life.”
To add, her grandfather was the type of person that could “hold grudges longer than anyone” she’d ever met. Because of this, he wasn’t pleasant to be around.
Even so, her grandfather was “filthy rich.”
He owned a successful business that sold for $1,000,000. After he sold it, he retired, but his house sat on the biggest land on an island; this sold for “well over $3,000,000.”
A Proud Grandfather
Though OP was never close with him, her grandpa made it known that he was proud to see OP follow in his sister’s footsteps. OP said she was a registered nurse, and she was following the same path.
OP’s grandfather passed away a few months before this story was posted, and since then, her family has been “torn apart.”
She wrote, “He essentially liquidated all of his assets, and it ended up being close to $8,000,000. I was shocked. I didn’t and still don’t know what to do with the money, but I’m going to save it.”
Give Us Money!
When her family learned about her inheritance, they started asking her for a cut. However, OP “just couldn’t do it.”
Her dad is an alcoholic who never said anything nice about OP’s grandfather. She explained that even though her grandfather was “bitter,” he bought her dad a $300,000 house.
She wrote, “My dad would 100% drink away any money given to him.”
Her Older Brother
OP has a 26-year-old brother with full financial support from her grandma because he’s the “favorite.” However, he was “very wasteful and ungrateful.”
She said, “He never talks to me and always is very mean to me when he does.”
Her Little Sister
On the flip side, OP has a 13-year-old half-sister, and she’s the only person she considered to give the money to. But she was “very young,” making OP stop and reconsider her decision.
OP wrote, “Her mom is money-oriented and would take the money from her. So, I’m waiting until she turns 18, and I offered to pay for her college.”
Angry Family Members
Now OP’s dad, stepmom, and siblings are furious. They told her it was “unfair” and the money “didn’t belong to her.”
Her family also said she was “not deserving” of it and that she was too young and would waste money on cars and clothes.
OP disagreed with her family, and now they’re threatening to cut her off, go no contact, and even sue her if she doesn’t give them all a “chunk of the money.”
She wrote, “I don’t know what to do, and I’m buckling under pressure here. I’ve already had two police officers out to my house because my dad is claiming I stole the money from him. Everything was through an attorney. I know I did nothing wrong legally, but morally? I don’t know. So am I the a**hole?”
The Community’s Reactions
The community assured OP that she wasn’t doing anything wrong. Conversely, it was her family who was acting selfish and entitled.
A top commenter said, “Not the a**hole. My God, these entitled people. If they want to cut you off for money your grandpa willed to you, show them the door. Buy yourself a lovely home and move away from them, pay for your sister’s college, and save the rest. Be careful of any brand new ‘friends’ you may encounter. There’ll be so many at your age. So many stories online of how young people get a lump sum of money yet lose it all. It’s easier to make money than to keep it. Best to check with a financial adviser To invest and hopefully just live on the interest, like many on here have suggested if you haven’t already.”
Your Grandpa Gave It to You
People supported OP’s decision to help her younger sister pay for college. However, they also reminded her that no one in her family deserved the money because her grandpa gave her everything.
“Not the a**hole. I wouldn’t give them anything. If your grandpa wanted them to have something, he would have given it to them. And it seems like he gave your dad and brother something before he passed, and you and your sister really got the short end of the stick there,” said one Redditor. Another commented, “Not the a**hole. Your reasoning sounds very sound, and honestly, people will turn on each other when money is involved.”
Do you have any suggestions as to what OP should do next? What would you tell her?
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