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Step mother withholds funds from grieving daughters
1 year ago · · Stressed out
My step-mother is withholding funds from my fathers estated, from myself and my sister. My dad died last year, in June. He was ill with cancer and from diagnosis to dying it was only 6 months. the relationship with my dad has always been rocky, he and my mum divorced when i was 2 after an affair he had. he moved in with the new family, but when that didn't work he went a little off the deep end. this involved him trying to run us (4 kids under 10 and mum) off the road, attempting to kidnap us from school and lurking out the front of the house. Despite all this, now being 25 I put it in the past to be with my dad when he was most vulnerable. He stated many times that he wanted to gift myself and my sister money for our futures, around $25000. My brother was already gifted his hotrod. He never changed his will so it all goes to his wife. she has been so cruel we have had to get lawyers involved. it is draining having to defend my relationship to a court, over a woman who has never liked us kids and always interferd with the relationship with our dad. she has made up lies, stated she was there for conversations that happened without her. i made a speech at my dads fduneral and his wife was so "disgusted" she rang me the next day to tell me Id embarassed by father and he'd be ashamed. the speech was about my siblings and his rel;ationship - nothing offensive. she didnt even call us when he went into palliative care in his final days, we basically bombarded the hospital until they told us, as his wife had said we were "aggressive": and not to be let in. the most hurtful thiing is i am questioning my whole relationshjip with my dad. was he only nice because he was dying? did he really love us? how could he let this happen to us? it is unlikely we will have a resolution until March 2023, so it is a long time to be stuck feeling this way. im not suyre what to do or how to move past this. his wife is withholding items he had toldf us we can have, the day after the funeral she changed the locks of his house. she had started renovations to the house whilst he was in hospital. it feels eas8ier to give up at this point, but i cant let her win and take this last thiung from me.