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Her Family Demands She Becomes Her Special-Needs Sister’s Sole Guardian, But She Unveils a Radical Proposal That Shakes the Family’s Core.

In a familial battle for guardianship and inheritance, the Original Poster (OP), a young woman yearning for freedom, challenges her predestined role as the sole guardian of her disabled older sister.

A Weighty Inheritance

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OP, a 23-year-old woman, is designated as the guardian of her disabled older sister. Despite her parent’s insistence, she feels she’s not the best candidate for this role, given her desire to travel and her two older, more financially-established brothers.

The Discussion

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During a family dinner, OP introduces three potential solutions for her sister’s guardianship and the division of the parent’s estate. She hopes for shared responsibility or a trust that would ensure her sister’s care or sole inheritance with full guardianship.

The Accusations

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OP’s parents react strongly to her suggestions, accusing her of trying to shirk her responsibility and of being greedy. They view her attempts to negotiate her sister’s guardianship and the estate as an evasion of her duties.

The Final Proposal

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With tensions escalating, OP suggests a final, radical solution: her complete exclusion from the will, including her sister’s guardianship. The idea is met with anger from her father and tears from her mother.

The Brothers’ Call

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Upon hearing the news, her brothers accuse OP of selfishly trying to monopolize the parents’ inheritance. They see her suggestions as an underhanded attempt to ensure they and their families receive nothing.

The Offer Rejected

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In response to their accusations, OP offers her brothers the entire estate in return for full guardianship of their sister. Despite their earlier complaints, neither brother agrees to take on this responsibility.

The Legal Implications

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OP begins to research legal options and advice, finding out that her guardianship is legally binding if her parents pass away. She is alarmed to learn that she might be legally obligated to provide for her sister without any financial support.

A Sudden Health Scare

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One of the parents suffers a serious health scare, escalating the urgency of the matter. The family is thrown into chaos, and the dispute over guardianship and the estate becomes even more contentious.

The Intervention

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OP’s best friend intervenes, trying to mediate between the family members. She presents a new perspective on the situation, but it only serves to spark new arguments.

The Group Home Involvement

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The group home where OP’s sister resides becomes involved, as they might be affected by any changes in her care. They express concerns about the potential changes and how they could impact their resident.

The Unexpected Ally

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One of the brothers’ spouses, initially quiet, supports OP’s initial idea of shared guardianship. She argues that it would be in the best interest of their sister and would distribute the responsibility more fairly.

The Financial Strain

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The cost of care for OP’s sister in the group home increases significantly, putting additional strain on the family’s finances. This adds a new dimension to the conflict, forcing the family to reconsider their previous positions.

A Compromise Reached

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Eventually, after much negotiation and intervention from the lawyer, a compromise is reached: shared guardianship and a trust fund for their sister’s care. This resolution, though far from perfect, finally brings some peace to the family.

Was The Woman’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, “So your parents want you to put your entire life on hold to care for your sister with no actual benefit?”

Another responder wrote: “So your brothers want a third of the estate, but you do all the care!”

A different person states, “If your brothers think it’s unfair for you to receive everything, they should be jumping at the opportunity to get everything.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by this thread.

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