Grandma's Will wasn't Respected
by Pam W
In my family, there was a great upset after my grandmother's death. She and my grandfather had both married after their previous spouses had passed away and were married for about 35 years.
Most of their children grew up in a mixed household, but two of my grandfather's biological daughters never got along with my grandmother. Because of their hostile actions throughout her life, such as trying to have her declared insane and incompetent to live with my grandfather, she left them out of the will.
In her will, she left her assets split up equally between her children and one of his daughters, all of which were to be spread evenly. Rather than allowing this to happen, however, they stepped in and attempted to get the money away from the others, claiming that it was necessary in order to look after their father, who was well-taken care of.
In essence, they sued for the money because they wanted it for themselves and saw this as an easy way to siphon the money away, disrespecting her dying wishes.
Due to their actions, it became increasingly apparent that they did not care much for their father; they were quite negligent in his care and often did things that very nearly led to extreme bodily harm for him. The fact that they had not seen him for years prior to the chance for them to gain money also was something of a tip off to their true intentions.
This divided the family enough, as no one was quite sure what to do in response to their actions. Among the six children that remained, not including my grandfather's three daughters, there was considerable dispute about what actions to be taken.
Due to the actions requested in her will and because of court action taken prior to her death, several minor and frivolous lawsuits were filed by the two daughters and by the time all was done with, the money had all been sucked up by attorneys
and the family had been wrenched apart because of their different responses to the action.