I support my parents' plan to pass land to my sister-in-law as inheritance

June 25, 2024 | 03:12 pm PT
I support my parents' plan to pass land to my sister-in-law as inheritance
Rural land in southern Dong Nai Province. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
My parents love my sister-in-law like their own daughter and plan to give her some land as an inheritance despite her husband – their son – having passed away.
Having encountered various conflicting views on inheritance lately, I reflect on the "6 rules for dividing inheritance to avoid disputes" story shared by another reader some time ago.

While the suggestions in that story are helpful, real life often does not proceed as smoothly as planned.

Firstly, depending on each family's circumstances, parents may not necessarily wait until they are close to death to pass down their assets. In fact, holding onto properties until the very end has, in some cases, led to siblings clashing over inheritance right at their parents' funeral.

Secondly, no one knows exactly when they will die to prepare a will just before that moment. Old age is unpredictable, so passing away or losing your mental capacity before drafting a will is always a possibility.

Thirdly, while living under the same roof, children may compromise personal gains to get along with siblings like they were taught. But when they have their own families, financial interests may lead to disputes and conflicts. Without careful preparation, unpleasant fights among your children are almost inevitable.

Fourthly, how can you expect in-laws to care for you like their own family if you keep treating them like outsiders? If your children are no longer alive, would you also view your in-laws and grandchildren as strangers?

Back to my own story, my parents love my sister-in-law just as much as their own children. Therefore, even after my brother's passing, my sister-in-law has continued to care for my parents for the past 20 years. Recently, my parents announced their intention to divide the land between my sister-in-law and me, and I was the first to support this decision.

Would you consider leaving your assets to your in-laws?

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*This opinion was translated into English by AI. Readers’ views are personal and do not necessarily match VnExpress’ viewpoints.

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