Her Estranged Father and Half-Siblings Want a Cut of the $100,000 Inheritance She Got From Her Paternal Grandfather. They Got Way Less Than Her, but She Refused to Give In

This Redditor got a $100,000 inheritance and believed she deserved it. On the other hand, her estranged dad wants a cut for his other children, but she doesn’t want to give them a cent!

A Broken Family

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OP’s (Original Poster) dad left her mom when OP was only 10 years old. Her dad decided to do so because he was having another baby with his then-girlfriend, now-wife.

Mistreated Wife and Mom

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To give some more background, OP explained that her mother had been a stay-at-home mom who didn’t finish college. She had gotten pregnant with OP’s older brother, which essentially tied her to OP’s dad.

OP wrote, “My father was an a** and made the divorce as s***ty as possible for my mom.”

Her Paternal Grandparents

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Because of the fallout, OP, her mom, and her brother moved in with her paternal grandparents. OP’s dad was their only child, and they were disappointed in his actions.

OP’s grandparents helped her mom go back to school. Then, when she finished college, she offered to pay them back, but they refused.

Basically Estranged

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Apart from OP being estranged from her dad, her grandparents basically “disowned” him.

She wrote, “He was invited over for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that was about it. They did love their other grandchildren, though. They always provided gifts and contributed to their education.”

Saying Goodbye to Her Grandparents

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Sadly, a few years before this story was posted, OP’s grandmother died of breast cancer. Then, her grandfather passed away a year before OP shared this story due to complications related to the pandemic.

Their Inheritance

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When her paternal grandfather passed away, he left everything to OP and her brother. She said it wasn’t life-changing in a way that they could already stop working, stop saving for retirement, pay off her debts, and change her lifestyle, but it was still a considerable amount.

OP and her brother each got over $100,000!

Their Father’s and Half-Siblings’ Inheritance

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On the other hand, their father only got $500. OP said, “The lawyer explained that it was a way of avoiding him being able to challenge the will.”

Then, OP’s half-siblings were left with $10,000 each. She shared, “My grandfather said that since my brother and I had grown up without a father, by his choice, but his other children had, then he felt this was fair.”

They Loved Her Like a Daughter

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Meanwhile, OP’s mom got her paternal grandfather’s house and some money. They weren’t related by blood, but she’d been caring for OP’s grandparents for a long time.

Thus, they never stopped thinking of her as their own daughter.

Estranged Father’s Request

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Recently, OP’s dad contacted her and her brother, saying their half-siblings are “struggling” financially. So, they ”should split everything with them” because they didn’t need the money; after all, they were both well-established in their careers.

Contacting Their Mom

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He didn’t stop with just OP and her brother. OP’s dad also reached out to her mom to make her renounce her inheritance.

OP wrote, “She laughed in his face and asked for all the child support he owed.”

What They Deserved

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Though OP understood it was not their half-siblings’ fault, she and her brother agreed not to split the money.

For her, it was only fair. They got to have a dad to take care of them while growing up, and they didn’t.

Accusations

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Because of their refusal, OP’s dad, her half-siblings, and their mom accuse them of being “a**holes.” They said OP and her brother were “so greedy” because they weren’t helping them through hard times.

Redditors’ Opinions

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Redditors told OP to stand by her decision, especially since her estranged father didn’t deserve her sympathy.

This user wrote, “Not the a**hole. You know that your sperm donor isn’t going to leave you or your brother anything when he dies. Your grandmother and grandfather loved you and wanted to help you guys. And I’m glad your mom had their support. They sound like wonderful people.”

You Deserve Everything!

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Some users also allowed OP to see another perspective or point of view.

One said, “Think about it this way, OP. Your father wasn’t only physically present for his younger children; he was financially present, too. Every dollar that should have gone to child support for your brother and you was kept by him to raise his other kids. In that way, you’ve already ‘given’ your half-siblings tens of thousands of dollars that were rightfully yours. Your grandparents were righting a historic wrong with their own money—even though the wrong was not theirs. It was both fair and thoughtful of them to do. I’m sorry for your loss.”

Do you think OP did the right thing? Does her dad or half-siblings deserve more?

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This post first appeared as She Refused to Give up the $100,000 Inheritance Her Grandfather Left Her With Her Estranged Father and Half-Siblings. They Got Way Less, so They Said She’s Being “Greedy” and Selfish! on Quote Ambition.

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