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Woman Inherits a Large Fortune from Her Mother, But When She Tries to Donate the Money Her Family Challenges Her Decision.

The tale shared by the original poster (OP) is a storm of family discord sparked by an unexpected inheritance from an estranged mother. OP’s choice to donate her share of the wealth to charity faces opposition from her money-driven siblings, leaving their family bonds hanging in the balance.

Broken Beginnings

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OP, a 34-year-old woman, shares her childhood in a house full of tension with a mother who never fully accepted her. The strained relationship reached a breaking point when OP came out to her mother.

Intolerance and Farewell

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OP introduced her girlfriend to her mother, who did not receive the news well. OP decided it was best to sever ties with her mother since she would never accept her new lifestyle. Eventually, OP and her girlfriend got married and started a family.

Family Ties and Lies

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Despite no longer communicating with her mother, OP maintained a healthier relationship with her four older siblings. After marrying into financial stability, OP often lent financial support to her siblings.

Parting Sorrows

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After a long battle with breast cancer, OP’s estranged mother finally passed away at the age of sixty-seven. OP’s already complex emotions became more complicated when she received a phone call from her mother’s lawyer.

Shocked and Confused

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Not expecting to be included in the will, OP met with the lawyer at his office. She was shocked to find out that she was inheriting an even larger share of assets than her siblings. At first, she thought it must be a mistake due to their lack of a relationship over the past fourteen years.

The Gift of Grief

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OP’s immediate reaction to her mother’s inheritance was discomfort due to their tumultuous past. She consulted with her wife, and together they thought of a charity-based solution to the situation.

Charity Donation

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OP decided to donate her substantial portion of the inheritance to a charity supporting breast cancer patients. OP didn’t know her mother’s wishes since they had not communicated in years, but she imagined this would be a suitable way to spend the money.

Discontent and Discord

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OP’s siblings were not as touched by her philanthropic gesture as she had hoped. Rather than embracing her generosity, they reacted with resentment and anger. Even though they were also left with a significant part of their mother’s assets, they criticized OP for her decision to donate the money.

Betrayal and Judgment

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The siblings felt the charity donation was a misuse of family funds. They believed they could benefit directly from the money, which is what their mother would have wanted if she knew in her final days that her daughter would dispose of her thoughtful monetary gift.

Nephews in Need

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As tensions within the family escalated, OP’s nephews voiced their frustration. The loss of potential college funding through OP’s share of the inheritance left them feeling cheated and outraged. OP’s act of charity was painted as selfish by those closest to her.

Keep It in the Family

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OP’s siblings could not understand why she would donate the family money to strangers. The thought evoked zero sympathy, with each sibling contending for every scrap of their mother’s assets.

A Sudden Revelation

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In a shocking turn of events, it turns out that the siblings had orchestrated the negative reaction from the nephews. OP discovered evidence of her siblings manipulating the situation to regain control of the funds, adding a sinister aspect to the conflict.

The Reveal of Hidden Intentions

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Amid the ongoing chaos, a long-kept family secret surfaces: one of the brothers had been facing significant financial troubles and had hoped to use the inheritance to pay off his debts. His desperation to secure the money was a hidden driver behind the intense family feud.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts her story online. The readers in the community forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “The money was left to you to decide what to do with. Your mom would be proud to know you donated the money to an important charity.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “Tell your nephew that he and his parents are NOT entitled to any of your money; if you want to pay for your nephews’ and nieces’ education, good for you, but do it ONLY after he apologizes for feeling entitled to YOUR inheritance.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “She left the money to you to do with as you like. It’s fitting that they would try to gaslight you into thinking giving the money away to charity instead of them was bad.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “They got their cut. You got yours. It is not common or required to discuss with other recipients of an inheritance what you plan to do with yours.”

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 a thread from an online forum.

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