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Hey Pandas, AITA For Getting A Lawyer For My Inheritance Conflict With My Step And Half-Siblings?
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Hey Pandas, AITA For Getting A Lawyer For My Inheritance Conflict With My Step And Half-Siblings?

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My mother (55) passed away unexpectedly in a car accident 2 years ago

Image credits: Clark Van Der Beken (not the actual photo)

I 32F have two stepbrothers, 36 and 38, and one half sister, 29. I do not know who my biological father is, and neither did my mother. My mother and I had a very rocky relationship, and I even said some things I wish I hadn’t the day she passed away.

My stepdad and siblings held her memorial without me

Image credits: Eli Solitas (not the actual photo)

I live across the country, and they wouldn’t give me 2 days to get there. Now, my mom inherited a large amount of land when my grandmother passed away. She and my stepdad had been married about 18 years at that point.

Now that my mom is gone, my stepbrothers seem to think they have a right to my mom’s land, and my sister thinks it’s all going to her

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They are all wrong, the land was inherited by my mother, is only in her name, so her husband has rights, because he was married to her, but he cannot sell or will the land to anyone. When he is gone, it will automatically go to my sister and I. I also have sentimental ties to this land, my mother abandoned me, multiple times, and each time, that land is where I was taken. All of my ancestors’ ashes are spread on that land. My brothers have no ties to it whatsoever, I just don’t understand what makes them think they have a right?
AITA for getting a lawyer involved?

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Hello Pandas! My name is Ieva, though it's often mistaken for the word 'Leva,' and in Lithuanian, it means 'loser' (insert the pain emoji). While I don't take offense if you accidentally call me a loser, I thought I'd share something interesting with you, which I also do professionally at work. Anywayyy, my favorite part here is introducing you to creative people who deserve just as much recognition as famous celebrities. Besides that, I also enjoy memes and funny, lighthearted posts, and occasionally, I find myself drawn to a bit of internet drama.

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Ieva Midveryte

Ieva Midveryte

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Hello Pandas! My name is Ieva, though it's often mistaken for the word 'Leva,' and in Lithuanian, it means 'loser' (insert the pain emoji). While I don't take offense if you accidentally call me a loser, I thought I'd share something interesting with you, which I also do professionally at work. Anywayyy, my favorite part here is introducing you to creative people who deserve just as much recognition as famous celebrities. Besides that, I also enjoy memes and funny, lighthearted posts, and occasionally, I find myself drawn to a bit of internet drama.

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MaryHadaLittleLamb
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely get a lawyer. Even if they were full siblings and you all get along, you should still get a lawyer. Inheritances bring out the worst in some people, and they really show you who they are. Don't wait, because they could already have retained a lawyer to try to figure out every possible way to screw you out of your birthright.

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Estelle E.
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You don't seem to have good relationship to your family, so I guess there's nothing to lose? Feel free to have a lawyer on your case to protect your rights and inheritance. Maybe your mother has written a will you don't know about the lawyer will find for you to understand where this is coming from

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JB
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You’re right to get a lawyer. Reads like your mom passed without a will and your stepbrothers are trying to make claims they aren’t legally entitled to. I’m sorry for your loss; you have enough to deal with, without spending emotional energy on fighting with them.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you I've chosen to ignore their claims. My lawyer has broken it all down to me, and when our dad dies, and what was MY moms goes to me, then they'll listen.

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MaryHadaLittleLamb
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely get a lawyer. Even if they were full siblings and you all get along, you should still get a lawyer. Inheritances bring out the worst in some people, and they really show you who they are. Don't wait, because they could already have retained a lawyer to try to figure out every possible way to screw you out of your birthright.

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Estelle E.
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You don't seem to have good relationship to your family, so I guess there's nothing to lose? Feel free to have a lawyer on your case to protect your rights and inheritance. Maybe your mother has written a will you don't know about the lawyer will find for you to understand where this is coming from

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JB
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You’re right to get a lawyer. Reads like your mom passed without a will and your stepbrothers are trying to make claims they aren’t legally entitled to. I’m sorry for your loss; you have enough to deal with, without spending emotional energy on fighting with them.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you I've chosen to ignore their claims. My lawyer has broken it all down to me, and when our dad dies, and what was MY moms goes to me, then they'll listen.

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