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Abused and Trapped, a Woman Finds Hope in a Surprise Inheritance; but when Her Mother-in-Law Gets Wind, the Battle Lines are Drawn

Plagued by a toxic and abusive living situation, the Original Poster (OP) discovers hope from an inheritance left by her late grandfather. As she navigates her greedy and intrusive mother-in-law’s (MIL) demands, the OP strives to protect her inheritance and find a way to escape.

A Toxic Household

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OP graduates college and moves in with her boyfriend’s family due to financial difficulties. She endures an abusive environment, with her boyfriend’s mother displaying a similar temperament to her own abusive mother. The mother-in-law (MIL) has a drinking problem and often explodes at the smallest things.

Loss of a Beloved Grandfather

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OP’s last living grandfather, who had saved her from a dangerous situation as a child, passes away. She struggles to cope with the loss, receiving little sympathy from her mother-in-law, who callously remarks, “That’s just how life is.” The MIL even mocks OP at the funeral.

A Cruel Woman

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The mother-in-law shows her cruelty further by dismissing the health of the family cat, exclaiming, “Who cares if he dies? He’s 16.” The OP loves the cat dearly and is appalled by her MIL’s cold-heartedness. This woman seems to care only about herself.

A Ray of Hope

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OP discovers she will receive an inheritance from her late grandfather. Due to her own mother’s interference, she had not received her previous inheritances. This money could finally help her escape her abusive living situation.

Mother-in-Law’s Greed

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The mother-in-law learns about OP’s inheritance and becomes nosy, demanding to know the amount. OP plans to lie about the sum to avoid her mother-in-law’s greedy grasp. She fears the woman will try to take advantage of her newfound wealth.

Comparing Wealth

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When OP’s boyfriend had saved $2,000, the mother-in-law claimed he was rich and should treat her better. She works minimal hours but boasts about her hard work, putting down OP and her boyfriend’s efforts. The MIL’s greed knows no bounds.

Prying into OP’s Personal Life

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The mother-in-law always wants to read letters from OP’s family, treating their contents like gossip. The OP finds this behavior invasive and disrespectful. Her MIL’s interest in her grandfather’s inheritance is another example of this nosiness.

Protecting Her Inheritance

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The OP is determined not to let her mother-in-law access any of her inheritance. The woman has tried numerous times to gain access to OP’s bank account, insisting it’s out of trust and convenience. OP stands firm, refusing to budge.

A History of Theft

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OP’s mother-in-law has stolen money meant for her boyfriend in the past, threatening him to keep quiet. This revelation only strengthens OP’s resolve to keep her inheritance secure. She cannot trust her MIL with her finances.

A Desperate Need to Vent

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Feeling frustrated and disrespected, OP shares her story online. Her boyfriend does not want to discuss the issue, leaving her feeling isolated. The mother-in-law’s behavior has pushed her to seek support elsewhere.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Despite the difficulties, OP sees hope in her inheritance. It brings her one step closer to escaping her abusive situation and moving out of her MIL’s house. Freedom seems within reach at last.

A Weekend of Reflection

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OP takes solace in sharing her story with a supportive community. As she navigates her difficult circumstances, she hopes for a better future. The inheritance from her beloved grandfather could be the key to her salvation. She resolves to keep her inheritance safe and use it to change her life. The memory of her grandfather’s kindness motivates her to persevere.

The Path to Independence

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With her inheritance secured, the OP begins planning her escape from the toxic household. She focuses on finding a job in her field and using her newfound financial resources to build a better life for herself and her boyfriend.

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 responder wrote: “Are you 18 or older? You should leave that place. She sounds stressful to be around, and I have been in that spot before.”

Another Viewpoint

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Another reader writes, “Don’t tell her a thing. Also, is it enough for you and SO to get your own spot?”

Different Perspective

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A different person states: “I hate this. Inheritance should always be private. My husband won’t even know how much I get. It’s a personal thing that only comes from a death (usually). It’s not a happy situation, and people treat it like a lottery.”

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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