The only Christians involved in the following situation are my husband and I, and we are Catholic. We probably need to seek professional advice from a probate lawyer, again, but wanted to post on this forum for like-minded advice/moral obligation inquiry.
My grandmother-in-law passed away a few months ago leaving my husband as the successor trustee of the family trust. One of the heirs we’ve tracked down is his long-lost cousin who no one in the family has heard from in years, since he “stole” from their grandparents. By “stole” I mean borrowed thousands of dollars of money from them with the promise to pay back but did not. My grandparents-in-law (both now deceased) did not forgive him for not paying back the money, and verbally expressed to multiple family members they did not want him to receive an inheritance, yet did not take him off the Living Trust.
After finally tracking him down (have not yet made contact), we found he has an arrest record, pleading guilty to criminal trespassing and burglary. I called the jail to learn he’s not in jail any more and they don’t know where he is.
Withholding payment from him does not benefit us monetarily because my husband and I are not heirs. We wonder if we have a moral obligation to not give him his inheritance, to disperse it between others in the trust, because in giving him the money it would feed his addictions/bad choices/lifestyle.