Man refuses to share inheritance with 'estranged' gay sister

Gillian Sisley

Should children equally inherit the same amount?

Family relationships get complicated, and they aren’t always easy to navigate. Some family members can be toxic, and cause real damage with their behavior.

In cases where a family member is so toxic that a person’s mental health is at risk, it may be required for them to completely cut off ties with that family member to protect themselves. This may be a reason for certain family members to become estranged.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a man refuses to share his inheritance with his sister who is part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Should children equally inherit the same amount?

An online post published on October 4, reported on by Sara Santora from Newsweek, has gone viral with 9,000 upvotes and 3,500 comments.

The author begins his post by explaining that he and his sister were very close as children, however, she completely cut contact with her parents and brother after she graduated high school, because their parents ‘didn’t react well to her being gay’.

The author adds that it was incredibly hard for him to lose his sister, as she used to ‘look after him’ and encouraged him to go outside his comfort zone and socialize more. He tried many, many times to contact his sister over the years, but she would never respond, and so he eventually stopped trying.

He adds that he ‘blamed and resented his parents for a long time’, but after his mom was diagnosed with cancer about six years ago, they made up and tried to move on. His mother unfortunately passed away one year later. Since then, his relationship with his father had also gotten much stronger, and his father changed his will so that everything would be left to the author.

What’s a good reason to make contact again?

Further upsetting, just one month ago the author’s father also passed away. And after 20 years, he recently made contact with his sister, but unfortunately, she isn’t looking to make nice with her brother and catch up after so long.

Instead, she wanted to discuss inheritance, and demanded what her portion of it was. The author was immediately upset that his sister hadn’t reached out to ‘repair their relationship’, but rather wanted money. In his upset, he ultimately decided to refuse sharing any of the inheritance with his sister, and now he feels awful about it.

What do you think? Was the author completely justified to refuse sharing his inheritance, considering his sister wouldn’t make contact for over two decades? Or do his parents owe the estranged sister for their negative reaction to her coming out, and so the author should split the wealth with her?

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