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An Unexpected DNA Test Request Throws an Inheritance Into Disarray, Will the Genuine Grandson Outwit The Estranged Relative?

When a 25-year-old man inherits his grandparents’ house, he finds himself entangled in a complex dispute as a stranger named John claims to be his grandfather’s illegitimate son and demands a DNA test. The situation spirals into a high-stakes standoff when the threat of losing the inheritance arises.

A Unsettled Past

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At 25 years old, OP enjoys a life of financial stability, having inherited his grandparents’ house worth around $500,000. However, this peace is disturbed when he’s approached by “John,” a man claiming to be his grandfather’s illegitimate son. John’s revelation introduces a potential scandal, suggesting that OP’s grandfather had an extramarital affair.

The Stranger’s Tale

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John unveils his past: his mother had an affair with OP’s grandfather, resulting in his birth. After his mother’s husband discovered the affair, he divorced her and abandoned John, unsure of his paternity. Years later, a DNA test confirmed John’s mother’s husband was not his biological father, leaving OP’s grandfather as the only other potential candidate.

Disturbed Aunt, Foreign Soil

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OP’s aunt, residing in another country, recognizes John as the former neighbor’s son and confirms their parents’ fallout. She supports OP’s situation but, due to her distance, can’t provide direct help. Her recognition of John adds credibility to his claims, complicating the situation further.

Dilemma: The DNA Test

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John asks OP for a DNA test to confirm his paternity. Initially, OP agrees until his girlfriend raises concerns about the potential claim on the grandparents’ estate. The DNA test becomes a double-edged sword, potentially proving John’s claim and threatening OP’s ownership of the house.

Risky Ownership

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On learning that John might sue for a share of the estate if proven to be the grandson, OP is thrown into a predicament. He faces the risk of losing his home, as he cannot afford to buy out even a third of the estate if John stakes a claim. The inheritance becomes a looming threat to his financial stability.

An Ultimatum for John

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To protect his inheritance, OP offers John a deal: he agrees to the DNA test, but only if John renounces any claim to the house in a legally binding document. John goes silent, leaving OP in suspense. The conditions set by OP add a new dynamic to the predicament.

The Fury of a Spouse

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Days later, OP receives an angry call from a woman claiming to be John’s wife. She accuses OP of greed and lack of empathy, arguing that his grandfather “owes” John the truth about his lineage. This confrontation escalates the tension, with another party now involved.

Legal Shield

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In response to the aggressive confrontation, OP decides to consult a lawyer. Unless John presents substantial evidence, his case appears weak, especially given the deceased status of the alleged father. This chapter initiates the legal battle, further intensifying the conflict.

Online Harassment

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Meanwhile, John’s wife turns to social media, stalking and publicly defaming OP. This online harassment becomes a source of distress, adding a new layer of complexity to the issue. The situation evolves into a public spectacle, putting OP under unwanted scrutiny.

A Clear Will

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In an attempt to secure his position, OP sheds light on his grandparents’ clear will. The property was left to him while his aunt received their life insurance policy. They had clearly stated their intent to leave no inheritance for any secret offspring.

Insurmountable Barrier

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OP reveals a morbid detail – his grandparents were cremated, ruling out any possibility of John requesting a post-mortem DNA test. It appears to be a dead end for John’s paternity proof.

A Harasser in Disguise

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Despite attempts to block John’s wife, she continues her online harassment using alternate accounts. This relentless pursuit adds a feeling of helplessness and intrusion into OP’s life. The cyber-harassment reflects the desperation of John’s family, adding more tension to the situation.

The Final Standoff

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As the pressure from John’s wife escalates and the potential legal implications loom, OP finds himself in a high-stakes standoff. He remains firm on his terms, offering the DNA (from the personal items now in his possession) only if John forfeits claims to the estate.

Was The Man’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, “The wife and “John” are definitely going to sue for the estate. The fact that he didn’t agree to draw up papers to ensure that didn’t happen is suspicious. If he really just wanted to know who his biological father is, he would’ve agreed.”

Another responder wrote: “The next request is for your attorney to send the harassing wife a cease and desist, or she will be sued for harassment.”

A different person states, “I’m ultra-paranoid and watch enough cop shows that I would probably not even be throwing away cups, paper plates, utensils, etc., in public in case they decide to try to pull my DNA off that.”

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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