Many readers shared comments about my column “How Best to Handle Real Estate Inheritance.” Although most readers support the idea of dividing assets equally among siblings, I did receive some comments that address the issue of leaving siblings unequal amounts.
Based on your description, it appears you are justified in worrying about your niece’s behavior.
Of course, you will want to work with your financial planner and your estate lawyer when it comes to legalizing your inheritance wishes, but I can share with you some other aspects of the process that you might find helpful, including emotional and psychological considerations.
The good news is that kindness and opportunities to be kind are definitely out there and you can model them for your grandchildren.
My first problem is that my parents and I have been estranged for the past 7 years. Being estranged from them hurts me every moment of every day and I miss them. One of the most tragic things is that I had always been close with my parents, especially my mom. They are good people. […]
The relationship between my brother and me has been problematic for many years. In fact, I’ve asked him to go to counseling with me to work on how we can have a better relationship and he refuses. I feel my brother has instigated my extended family to be critical and judgmental of me. For example, five […]
Yes, I bribe my grandsons on a regular basis and I have no intention of stopping.
I worry that as our younger son gets older he’s going to start resenting our older son for the things he gets to do with Grandma. While I have never had to deal with favoritism I have read what the affects can be on children, and I don’t like it.