FOF friend, C, lived with her mother in a Manhattan apartment for 20 years. Never married, she devoted herself to her mom’s happiness. She paid the monthly maintenance, helped out with the grocery bills and was a great companion. During the last few years, as her mom’s heart was failing, C would have to take her back and forth to the hospital ER. This wasn’t easy because C also had a demanding full-time job and a life of her own.
C is the youngest of three FOF sisters, but sisters #1 and #2 couldn’t spend the same amount of time as C did with their mom. Sister #2 had a failing marriage to a sick husband and two kids. Sister #1 is married and usually too self-absorbed to worry about anyone other than herself.
The sisters’ mom died last year, and now sister #1 is asserting that she’s entitled to a bigger stake in mom’s co-op apartment than mom’s will stipulates. “She claims the will is fishy,” said C. “She also wants her money now,” added C, who would have to take out a loan to pay her sister. (By the way, sister #1 has plenty of money and C does not.)
The formerly close sisters are now talking only through lawyers. The situation is a mess.