Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Adult Child Who Stayed Home

I have handled many cases involving an adult child who stayed home, or came back home, and cared for the elderly parent. Often, that child receives a larger inheritance share that the other children, and sometimes also receives of lifetime gifts. That situation often leads to litigation. I find these cases fascinating both from a psychological perspective. The child who stayed home always feels that they are entitled to receive more than the other children. They make the argument that they sacrificed career and social alternatives, and provided care for the elderly parent without pay. The other children, who raised families and pursued careers, argue that the child who stayed home was a freeloader, and did not provide good care. They argue that the motivation for the child staying home or moving back in was not out of devotion to the parent, but was instead the attraction of free room…
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