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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mom left me the house. What do I owe my brothers?

There is an interesting article in www.nytimes.com that caught my eye. The column is not written by a lawyer, but by someone who is called an ethicist. I'm not sure that's a real title but clearly it indicates that the column is intended to be about moral rather than legal rights. It gives an added dimension to how I usually think about inheritance issues. It might give you added perspective, too.

A question was asked by a 60-year-old person who inherited the house from his mother and is now being threatened with a lawsuit by his siblings. Certainly a situation I've seen many times.

If you're interested in what an ethicist rather than a lawyer would counsel this person to do, click here to read the article.

5 comments:

  1. It is well thought out, written plain and simple.
    Another dysfunctional family? The sister offered to sell the house and share (to keep the family peace/relationship?) but they did not take her up on that? These greedy, insensitive brothers deserve nothing IMHO from what I have read. Good thing she got some sensible advice. The brothers have done everything to make their sister feel guilty, small, worthless etc. It appears she did a lot for her mother. We don't know what the brothers did for the mother. My impression, probably not much. Judging by the letter, the boys got nothing. Another sad Estate Horror Story.

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    1. Antonia, I'm so sorry to read your letter and see what you're going through. Families can truly be horrible to each other. I'm not sure that what is happening is even a legal issue. It just sounds like people being spiteful and controlling.

      Lynne

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  3. @ Lynne FYI
    Think twice, wealthy family, before cutting the black sheep out of your will
    https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/globe-wealth/think-twice-wealthy-family-before-cutting-the-black-sheep-out-of-your-will/article36309842/

    Re antonia diflorio
    It is interesting that antonia used her real name and not anonymous. She wants the world to know what her brothers did to her and her sister. Another kick at the can. Venting. I don't believe she was looking for any legal assistance.

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    1. That happens a lot. You'd be surprised how many comments I don't even post because they are the kind of thing people regret once they calm down.

      Lynne

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