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Ask Rene: The Case Of The Uneven Will

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Ask Rene:
The Case Of The Uneven Will


Hi Rene,

I’m dealing with an issue at the moment that’s really tearing myself – and my family – apart.

My mother sadly died earlier in the year, and though we weren’t especially close, it has really knocked the wind out of my sails.

I always knew that my sister Dianne was her favorite – she’d made no secret of that – but when my mother’s will was revealed she left the bulk of her money, and the family home to my sister. It’s not that my mom was rich and or that there was much to leave – but I’m still very, very hurt.

My sister is married but has no children, while I have a husband and three kids and could have really used the money. I can’t help but feel bitter at both my mother and my sister.

What do I do Rene… I just feel so angry…




Dear Cassie:

First of all, I am so sorry for you loss but more than that I am sorry that there are hurt feelings and unexpressed emotions. Obviously there is a lot going on here and my hope is that you are ultimately able to find some peace in the situation even if you cannot fully resolve it. Here’s what I’m thinking and what I would do if I were in your position.

1. What To Do Now?

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As a mother of two kids, I'm trying to wrap my head around your late mother's actions; she had to know that she would further poison the relationship between you and your sister by leaving such a lop-sided settlement. The question now is what to do in order to move on. The way I see it, you have a couple of choices . . .


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