OP (Original Poster) wants to know if she was wrong to refuse to share the inheritance she received from her godfather with her half-sister. They didn’t have a relationship; why does she deserve a cut?
A Blended Family
OP is a 24-year-old with two siblings: her older sister, Lisa, and their younger half-sister, Kenzie. Their parents divorced when OP was young, and their parents’ custody battle was left to the court.
People They Could Lean On
Given the messy family situation, OP’s parents agreed to send her and Lisa to live with their godparents, Mark and Vivian. OP shared that her dad met Mark in law school, and they were very close.
The Conclusion to the Custody Battle
After a while, the court decided that OP’s mom and dad would split the custody between her and Lisa. This meant the two siblings would alternate with whom they would stay every other week.
A year or so after the custody battle had been settled, OP’s godparents moved to the UK. They bought a large house and estate there but never forgot about OP and Lisa.
A New Family Member
Then, another couple of years later, OP’s mom moved on from her previous marriage with OP’s dad. She remarried and had Kenzie, OP’s younger half-sister.
She wrote, “We weren’t that close because of the age gap and the time away from her, but the relationship stayed mainly positive.”
A Summer Away
When OP was in her sophomore year in high school, she flew to Mark and Vivian during the summer since she always found the UK interesting.
She shared, “Mark showed me how to drive, fish, and do a bunch of other stuff.” In many ways, Mark was like a second father to her, unlike her stepdad, Kenzie’s dad.
People Close to Her Heart
Then, a couple more years later, OP decided to attend university in Europe. While she was studying, Vivian and Mark made an effort to visit her, take her out to dinner, and more.
OP noted that her birth parents would call her occasionally but never flew out to see her. She wrote, “I ended up spending the holidays at their house, and it basically became my second home.”
A Life-Threatening Illness
Then, OP proceeded to share that she graduated the year before this story was posted. Sadly, it was also the year OP found out that Mark had cancer.
Despite his illness, Mark still came to his graduation. Soon after, OP moved back to the United States to work.
Losing a Part of Her
Mark passed away in early 2023, and OP was heartbroken not to have spent time with him before he died. However, she and Lisa flew to the UK for his funeral.
After the funeral, Mark’s family lawyer contacted OP and Lisa, informing them of their inheritance.
She wrote, “We both received a large sum of money in the seven figures, in the form of a trust. I also received Mark’s car collection, worth about half a million dollars, which included the 911 he taught me to drive in. Vivian got the rest, sold their house, and got a smaller apartment in London.”
An Envious Sister
It was not long before Kenzie learned what OP and Lisa had inherited. She immediately became jealous and demanded they share the money with her because they were “family.”
OP’s not keen on sharing her inheritance, and she couldn’t even access the trust fund until she was 30!
Pressure From Their Mom
OP’s mom started nagging her, calling her to ask that Kenzie get some money to pay for her college. But OP said her mom has “more than enough” for Kenzie’s college through the divorce settlement.
She shared, “The divorce settlement did not include a college fund for Kenzie. She was not born yet, but I believe it was enough to cover it.” So, OP told both Kenzie and her mom that it was her money, and Kenzie had “nothing to do with Mark or Vivian, and that’s why she didn’t get anything.”
Blinded by Money
What made OP even more furious was that her mom and half-sister were asking for Mark’s money when they didn’t even have the decency to attend his funeral.
Since then, OP has stopped talking to them since “they always find a way to bring it up during a conversation.”
Far Away From Their Desperate Claws
On the other hand, Lisa was luckier than OP because she lived in Stockholm with her fiancé. She wrote, “From what I understand, they haven’t bugged her much.”
The Community’s Reactions
For users, OP’s mom and half-sister have no business with Mark’s money, and they certainly can’t just pop up asking for a cut after he passed away.
“Not the a**hole. The vultures smell death and are circling,” said one Redditor.
Another commented, “Not the a**hole. Kenzie doesn’t even know Mark and has no connection to him. She’s not your father’s biological child. You owe her nothing. And I bet you if the situation was reversed, Kenzie wouldn’t give you a cent.”
People also pointed out that Mark was a friend of their biological dad, not their mom. Therefore, Kenzie had no connection with him, even if they did meet before.
One Redditor said, “He wanted you and Lisa to be financially secure because of his friendship with your father. Kenzie has a different father, so there is no connection there. I can’t fathom why your mother would think she’s entitled to anything. If Kenzie were to inherit something from a relative on her father’s side, would your mother pressure her to share it with you and Lisa?”
“Yes, the basis for treating you and Lisa more or less equally was clearly Mark’s friendship with your father and his godfather status towards both of you. He clearly thought of the two of you as a pair; he did not think of the three of you as a trio,” another user wrote.
What would you do if you were OP? Do you think Kenzie deserves even a tiny portion of OP’s inheritance?
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