A man who donated his late brother’s inheritance to the homeless community has been ordered to pay all of it back to his angry family members.
Now, this is a situation nobody would want to be in…
And the passing of a family member or close friend can turn a person’s world upside down.
We can’t even comprehend losing our nearest and dearest.
Of course, that sounds unbelievably shallow and greedy… but many who are grieving often find financial comfort from their inheritance.
But one man decided he wanted to make a difference with his inheritance.
His brother, Michael, reportedly didn’t have a good relationship with his family and he didn’t want them to take his money.
He wanted to give away his estate, that was worth £414,000 ($537,734), to homeless charities that would go toward putting roofs over the heads of the disadvantaged.
And just as his brother wished, he donated it to the homeless of Cambridge, the Isle of Wight, and Scotland.
Now, that is an act of generosity…
And there’s no denying how much of a difference money like that could make for those living on the streets.
It wasn’t meant to be.
The U.K’s High Court has ruled that Pete did not have the right to do this and should have split the cash with their other relatives.
Even though they were all estranged from him!
The court slapped Pete with a £250,000 ($324,336) bill after a judge said he committed a “monumental breach” of his duty as administrator of Michael’s estate.
Brothers Alan, John, and nephew Michael subsequently put forward a claim for their share of the estate after a family row broke out about the money – which is what lead to the court case.
Pete now has to pay about £100,000 ($129,734) to his brother Alan, £95,000 ($123,247) to another brother John, and £50,000 ($64,867) to his nephew, Michael.
This is a massive blow for Pete.
He told the court:
“Mick told me to keep it all and, if I couldn’t keep it, to give it away. His whole plan was to make sure they didn’t get it.”
“Mick worked his whole life, forty years on the underground, for that money. I couldn’t give them his money. They didn’t sit holding his hand as he was dying. They didn’t hear what he said to me.”
“He told me what he wanted to do. I thought my responsibility was to follow my dying brother’s wishes. I made a mistake, but I didn’t make a mistake as far as my brother is concerned.”
The judge has ordered the unfortunate man to pay their lawyers’ bills for the case, worth about £10,000 ($12,299).
“You knew that they had legal entitlements, but you decided that, because your brother had expressed certain wishes, you weren’t going to comply with the law,” the judge said.
We can’t imagine having the stress of losing a sibling on top of having a hell of a lot of money to pay… so we hope he’s doing okay.
Keep on reading to learn about the formerly homeless man who provides free soap for those living on the streets…