Is it wrong or sinful to fake a relationship with a family member who has let it known to you that you are in their will and stand to inherit a large amount of money and property? The person has abused, berated, cursed, gossiped about and harrassed me for years. I have called to check on their health only becuse I feel this is all I have left in this relationship, and it is the Catholic thing to do. They are in their late 80’s.
After takling to them on the phone, each and everytime I feel like I have been dragged through the mud, and cannot function as a happy person for a day or so-as a matter of fact, I become a stressed out mess.
They are estranged from all other family except for a freeloading adult child. The will ties me to this freeloader, as a trustee of the property as well, and a large amount of cash allowing me to inherit this house worth almost a million dollars when the freeloader passes away. Until that time, I have to let them live there rent free and pay for repairs-I cannot sell. So I would be tied to harmful memories as well as drama. The freeloader is mentally unstable, and would end up homeless eventually if I walk away. This was expressed to me, and also adds a layer of guilt too. The freeloader is mostly not welcome in my home due to lifestyle which is a whole other story.
So the reason I would inherit is not because of any concern for me-it is to insure the freeloader has someone managing their property and payting taxes as they never worked for more than a month.
I am very conflicted as where this is coming from. How do I tell if this is God’s plan, a blessing for me for putting up with this for years or a test that I can be bought with money? Right now we could use the money for Catholic school and college, but is this an ill gotten gain?
Thabk you so much for you replies-what should I do? There will be no changes to this I was told take it or leave it-