A man recently had an argument with his son over his will. His younger son was happy to receive a lump sum of money, while his older son felt that receiving only a house was unfair. Here’s what he had to say.
His sons followed different paths
The man started by explaining that he and his partner had two children, both sons. His two sons took different paths in life. The younger one moved out of state, eight hours away, and married and had children. His older son remained in the state and got married, but had no children.
He had a beautiful house
“Our house has been in the family for generations,” said the man. “It’s on an estate with a few hundred acres of land, and the building itself is mostly original, a couple hundred years old.” It was even appraised at over $3 million.
He had a will
A few months prior, the man’s younger son and his family stopped by for a visit. The man made a comment about his son inheriting the vast estate when he passed away. But there was a problem.
His son was reluctant
“He winced a little, and I asked what was wrong,” said the man. “He hesitantly admitted that he doesn’t want the house or anything to do with it.” His son said that it would be a long move for his family, and they didn’t have plans to move back to the area. This created a predicament for the man and his will.
He changed his will
To solve things, the man decided he had to amend his will. Under the new arrangement, he would leave the house to his older son instead. Meanwhile, his younger son would receive all of his monetary assets upon his death, worth about $2 million.
His other son was angry
The man had a group call with his children to discuss the changes. While his younger son was happy with the new terms, his older son was far from it. “He said he can’t move to the house either, since he and his wife both work on the other side of the state,” the man explained. “They have pensions, career tracks, and don’t plan on leaving.”
He told his son off
He offered his son solutions, such as hiring some help to take care of the property. His older son was hearing none of it. Ultimately, the man told his older son that he was acting spoiled, since his younger son lived even farther away and had a family to think about, too.
The call ended bitterly
Sadly, the conversation ended with things unresolved. His older son made a harsh comment about how he’d be in charge of his parents’ old age care and that this decision would be a factor in that. “The call ended very tense,” said the man. “This seems like a low blow, but I don’t know if it’s deserved.”
He asked the Internet
The man had to make a tough decision trying to be fair to both his sons. He changed his will to make one son happy and upset the other in the process. His decision made perfect sense in his mind, but he wanted the Internet to weigh in on the situation.
The Internet answered
Most commenters agreed that the original poster was in the wrong. “I know the house is important to YOU, but neither of your kids wants it,” said one commenter. Another said, “You’re essentially leaving your older child a burden and your younger child free cash.”
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