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After their mother’s passing, two siblings find themselves in a challenging situation.
One brother decides he won’t move out of his mother’s home. The two other siblings try to reason with him, but he doesn’t budge. Things escalate quickly, and a painful process creates tensions between siblings.
Coping with Loss and Inheriting Property
The original poster, whom we’ll refer to as Brandon, lost his mother in a car accident a few years prior.
Gary, Brandon’s younger brother, had lived with their mom for a year because he wasn’t able to find a job.
A Brother’s Unstable Circumstances
Gary would move in and out of his mom’s place because he couldn’t maintain a job for over a few months.
Brandon suspects this was due to bad vices, but he isn’t sure because his mother was overprotective of his brother.
Siblings’ Initial Plan
Shortly after their mother’s passing, both Brandon and his older sister wanted to sell their mother’s house because the market was good.
They’d get approximately $200,000 between the three.
Equally Distributing Inheritance
However, they’d have to renovate before selling the house.
Because Brandon and his sister lived hours away from their mother’s home, they hired someone to do the job.
Brother Refuses to Vacate the House
Things went differently than planned when Gary refused to let in the people who’d renovate the house.
Here’s where things start to head south.
Brandon and his sister didn’t know how to proceed. Gary didn’t want to let anyone in their mother’s home or move out. Ultimately, both decided to give Gary three months to live there and find a job.
Seeking Legal Advice
After three months had passed, Gary still hadn’t found a job.
Now, Brandon and his sister knew they needed to find a way to kick him out.
Offering Incentives to Relocate
Brandon and his sister gave Gary another three months and visited him.
However, Gary wouldn’t let them inside their mother’s house, claiming they should’ve given him a heads-up prior.
Formal Eviction Process Initiated
Desperate at this point, Brandon offered Gary 10% more of the inheritance payout, but he wouldn’t budge.
As a last resort, Brandon and his sister hired a lawyer who helped them file a formal eviction notice.
“Lawyer was the best route,” one reader commented. “Block his calls and emails . . .”
No Other Alternatives
“. . . Unfortunately there really was no other action you could have taken that would have made him happy besides just giving him the house he didn’t deserve,” another said.
Multiple Opportunities Were Given
“. . . This sounds like a pretty terrible situation where your brother either has some real issues or is just incredibly lazy,” someone wrote. “Either way you gave him plenty of opportunities here, and he left you no choice.”
Rebuilding Sibling Relationships
The process took approximately eight months, but eventually, Gary was evicted.
Brandon and his sister didn’t enjoy kicking their brother out, but they had no alternative.
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