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Adopted Daughter Felt Unwavering Love, But Her Exclusion from the Will Reveals a Hidden Family Secret, and It’s Not About Money.

In a tale of love, acceptance, and family politics, the Original Poster (OP), an adopted child, finds herself excluded from her mother’s will, igniting a conflict that threatens to tear her family apart.

A Happy Family

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OP, the eldest of eight, grew up in a loving, close-knit family despite being adopted. At ten years old, she was informed about her adoption, but the familial bond remained unaltered. She felt accepted and cherished, oblivious to the brewing storm.

Grandma’s Untimely Demise

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After a sudden demise, OP’s grandmother leaves behind an unsettled estate. The family plunges into a maelstrom of disputes over inheritance, a grueling process that lasts three years. In the aftermath, OP’s mother decides to craft her will, aiming to avoid future discord.

The Will Preparation

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Returning home from the lawyer’s office, the mother is ebullient, announcing her finalized will. Despite some initial hesitations, she shares the planned disbursements to ensure complete transparency. She believes in clarity now to avoid conflicts later.

A Disturbing Revelation

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As the mother reveals the intended beneficiaries, a startling omission comes to light. OP’s name is conspicuously missing from the will, a fact that her 25-year-old brother highlights. A painful silence befalls the room as the reality of her exclusion sets in.

Questioning the Will

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After OP’s brother noted her absence from the estate, OP questioned her mother in front of the family as to her absence from the list. OP inwardly knew it was probably due to her being the only adopted child, but still wondered if there could have been a mistake.

Mother’s Outburst

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The mother, taken aback by the questioning, accuses OP of instigating this issue through her brother. Her cheerful facade crumbles, replaced with bitter accusations, blaming OP for being ungrateful and greedy. OP is left shocked and hurt by her mother’s harsh words.

Emotional Aftershock

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OP attempts to express her feelings, stating her hurt stems not from financial exclusion but from emotional betrayal. The mother stands firm, proclaiming the will is final. She retreats to her room, leaving OP and her siblings in a state of shock and confusion.

Lingering Tensions

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Post-incident, the mother’s behavior towards OP grows distant and cold. Their regular, warm phone calls cease, replaced by terse text messages. OP is left grappling with the abrupt transformation of her once affectionate mother.

Father’s Stance

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OP’s father enters the fray, accusing OP of disrespecting her mother. He urges OP to apologize, reinforcing that the money and decision-making power are rightfully her mother’s. He seemingly sides with the mother, adding to OP’s distress.

Siblings Rally

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Despite the escalating tension, OP’s siblings remain supportive, attempting to mediate the situation. They try to reason with both parents, advocating for OP’s rightful place in the family. However, their efforts seem to only stoke the parents’ resentment.

Accusations and Isolation

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The father, upset with the siblings’ intervention, accuses OP of inciting discord within the family. The conflict intensifies, causing the emotional distance to grow. Consequently, OP ceases her usual weekly visits to her parents.

A Soul-Searching Query

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Feeling hurt and confused, OP questions her role in the conflict. She wonders if her questioning about her share of the inheritance was out of line. The bitterness of her situation makes her question the validity of her actions.

Unlikely Closure

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The distance between OP and her parents begins to grow. She doesn’t intentionally cease contact but doesn’t feel the need to reach out, and her parents seem annoyed and offended.

Sad State of Affairs

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OP is still in contact with most of her siblings and understands through them that her parents feel disrespected by her behavior and questioning of the will. They are supportive of OP and don’t feel the arrangement is fair, but their mother is adamant. Currently, OP has not seen or talked to her parents for several months.

Was The Family’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “Your mother is projecting her guilt onto you. She decided she only wants to give her biological children anything, yet deep down, she knows that she is s**** and unfair to you.”

Another Commenter Thinks:

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Another responder wrote: “Sadly, don’t think your parents see you as just another one of their kids. Not really sure where that leaves you, but it seems to be what has happened. Luckily sounds like your siblings see as a full sibling.”

A Third View On The Story:

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A different person states, “I don’t understand why your mother would cut you out of the will when she basically drafted it up herself. It’s not selfish of you to ask; It’s bizarre of her to withhold.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

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