My mother died recently after a 17 year battle with breast cancer. Through her life she changed her will many, many times. Her last will was made one year before her death, when the cancer had already spread to her organs and brain. She was very dependent on my brother who ran her business for her and he profited richly from doing that. My sister and her family live far away and are modestly self-supporting. My other brother is on disability and barely survives. I raise my children alone as a working poor parent and have no assets whatsoever. My car is falling apart and I can’t save a dime, trying to keep it on the road so I can continue my job. The 3 struggling children (and our 4 children) couldn’t afford to spend a lot of time with mom. The brother living in the lap of luxury did all he could to undermine our relationships with her. He was very sly and conniving. We’ll never know all the sneaky underhanded things he did to become the sole beneficiary of her multi-million dollar estate.
We hope to expose some of the truth through lawyers and courts. My brother’s wife snickered and scoffed at me when I asked where the money is that my mom collected for a decade, from the public, specifically for my children’s college fund. My children are bewildered how their beloved grandma could have left us like this. So we haven’t seen a photo, a dish, a spoon or a dollar. Mr.Big Shot has it all, lock stock and barrel. He worked hard while she was alive to prevent her donating any charity to us so there would be more for him. Mom lived in a rat trap of a house and had a pathetic little wardrobe. Most of her things no charity would even want. Guess who was living in high style.
It was really impossible for me to talk to mom about her will. Uncle greedy had control of her mind. I couldn’t even ask her opinion about something because she would say, “I don’t know, I’ll have to ask/check with/put you through to, Uncle “greedy”. Anyone who has advice or prayers to offer, it’s most welcomed. I’m trying not to despair.