A woman adamantly refused to give up the money her late stepdad left her. She believed her mom and half-brother didn’t deserve to touch a cent of her inheritance, and the community had her back!
OP’s New Dad
OP (Original Poster) lost her biological dad when she was very young. Her mom then got together with her stepdad, Lee, when she was five.
She shared that Lee was wealthy, so her mom never had to work again. She also didn’t have to want for anything while growing up.
The Bigger Picture
However, even when the three were happy, Lee’s family never entirely OP and her mom. She shared, “The only thing we never received was acceptance from Lee’s family—they were not pleased that Lee chose to marry a widow with a child.”
The Perfect Stepdad
Although that’s the case, Lee didn’t let his family sway his feelings for OP. So, OP shared that she and Lee had always been close, and he continued to care for her even when her half-brother, Sam, who was now 18, was born.
On the flip side, OP’s mom favored Sam and didn’t focus much on her anymore.
Disparity Between Siblings
Apart from OP’s mom treating her poorly, Lee’s relatives continued pretending she didn’t exist. They slowly warmed up to her mom after Sam was born, but the same did not happen for her.
She shared, “Sam was often invited to Lee’s relatives’ houses to play, and he and I are not very close.”
When it was time for OP to go to university, she chose to go somewhere out of the country. Lee supported her and even gave her enough money so she didn’t have to worry about her finances.
During her time away from home, OP only talked to her mom and half-brother once every couple of months. On the other hand, Lee regularly called or wrote to check up on her.
Can You Come Home?
Finally, OP graduated, and Lee wanted her to come home. However, she wanted to continue staying abroad.
OP said, “I wanted to work and be on my own for a bit.”
Then, the pandemic struck, and OP was stuck where she was, and her family couldn’t visit. When restrictions relaxed, Lee, her mom, and her Sam visited once and left when she said she preferred to work there.
Even so, Lee came to visit a couple more times after that.
A few months before this story was posted, Lee sadly passed away from an illness he chose to keep from his family. He also left a will detailing where his money and assets would go.
In his will, he left his businesses, house, and most valuables to his relatives. Surprisingly, her mom was left with almost nothing, though OP said she could keep what she already had—two cars, jewelry, and cash that was around $60,000.
Sam was left with $150,000, but the rest was left to OP. It was a seven-figure amount; she said it was “life-changing.”
It turns out that Sam was not Lee’s biological son, and he found out about it shortly before he passed. Even so, OP’s mom and half-brother were mad and demanded that OP give them some of the money Lee left her.
However, OP didn’t want to give them a dime. Instead, she offered to put the money in low-risk investments, and then they could split the gain—the two refused.
They told her that that was not good enough for them. OP’s mom and half-brother each wanted at least 25% of the inheritance.
Not Giving In
OP was unconvinced that they deserved or needed the money and said, “I argued that it’s not like they are left destitute.”
She continued, saying Sam had enough money for a good university. On the other hand, her mom had enough to get her own place and make some investments for a long-term income.
Fighting Her for the Money
Her mom and Sam didn’t stop. They called her “greedy” and threatened to sue her.
However, thankfully, Lee’s relatives stepped in. OP wrote, “Lee’s relatives told them they could make my mom and Sam’s lives very difficult if they tried to give me a hard time and go against Lee’s wishes.”
They’ll Waste Everything
OP then mentioned that she still planned on pushing through with her plans of splitting the gains of the investments she would make, but she would never let them touch the inheritance Lee left her.
She shared, “I won’t let them touch the money Lee left me though because I don’t trust them to not go through that money in just a few years.”
What People Have to Say
The community was behind OP’s decision and told her she had all the right to keep the money for herself.
“Not the a**hole; you aren’t his biological daughter, but the daughter he chose. Splitting the gains is already nice of you,” wrote a top commenter. Another replied, “Not the a**hole. What if the roles were reversed, and you barely got anything? Would they share with you?”
Respect Lee’s Wishes
Some Redditors also reminded OP to respect Lee’s wishes. After all, he left the money to her, and he most probably had his reasons for doing so.
One said, “Not the a**hole; respect Lee’s wishes and use the money to take care of yourself and only give your mom and Sam what you want and don’t let them bully you into more. If Lee’s family, who you said never accepted you, are telling your mom and Sam to leave you alone and respect Lee’s wishes, that’s a pretty big sign you’re in the right.”
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