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My mother left a 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载home in Savannah, Ga., on 5 acres. I want to sell. My brother threatened to sue me for harassment and ‘ruin me’

‘My sister also does not want to sell the property because it has been in the family for 90 years.’

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‘It was hell!’ I stayed in an Airbnb on my parents’ street for Thanksgiving. My mom pleaded with me NOT to write a bad review. What do I do?

‘We couldn’t believe what awaited us: unflushed toilets, dirty dishes in the dishwasher and uneaten food in the refrigerator.’

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My mother wants to leave her 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载home to her three grandchildren. I have one child and my sister has two. Is that fair?

Inheritances, family 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载homes, and sibling rivalries often create a toxic cocktail. The Troubletini, served straight up with a twist.

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My soon-to-be ex-husband placed his money in a trust before we married, and used it to buy properties. Am I entitled to any of these?

‘He also bought an investment property, supposedly with his trust fund a month after marriage without my knowledge and another investment property with his mom before marriage.’

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I gave my daughter $20K to start a company with her husband. They divorced and he got the business. Can I ask for it back?

The Moneyist replies: ‘I understand why this might stick in your craw, and you feel that the return of that money would be the right and proper course of action.’

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I’m 41. My fiancé is 61. I’m worth $1.3M. He’s worth $250K. He won’t marry if I insist on a prenup. How can I protect my assets?

‘I have struggled so much financially before finding my niche, and now I am worrying about what would happen should this marriage fail.’

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My wife wants to pay for her sister’s $25K wedding. My future brother-in-law is blue collar — and earns more money than me

‘Five years ago, she and her sister inherited a substantial amount of money, split equally between them. Think low six figures.’

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‘I bite my tongue regularly to keep from insulting all of them’: My parents pay my brother's bills. Should I tell them it’s unfair?

‘While I no longer harvest jealousy or pain towards how much more devotion and money is spent on my brother, I am concerned about how he can survive without them.’

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‘I’m nobody’s ATM’: I’m 27, successful, and always pay for my friends. How do I stop without making them angry?

‘Now that I’m a business owner and learning more about money management, I haven’t been willing to do as much lavish spending, or compensate my friends anymore.’

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‘I lost my mom 2 months ago and I’m still in a fog’: My brother and his family moved into her 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载home. They want more than half

‘My sister-in-law and her 2 children feel that I have “played” my brother and that it seems “fishy” that I didn’t push to sell the house long ago.’

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My wife pushed me into buying a 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载home because she provided two-thirds of the down payment. Now I’m stuck in a house I hate

‘We are now expecting our first child, which just adds to our financial responsibilities. I know I sound like an ass. Please help me see the light.’

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I paid for my wife’s M.A. and vacations. I suggested we save for a house, but she left me — and my in-laws told me to be a man

‘I told her that, given that she achieved her dream of getting a master’s degree, now it is my turn to fulfill my dream of owning a 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载home.’

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I am a white woman of privilege and a single mother. I need a ‘zinger’ to stop my sister-in-law telling me why I have it so good

The Moneyist reveals his 5 golden rules for dealing with difficult people.

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I have 8 nieces and nephews. What is the appropriate age to stop giving envelopes full of money during the holidays?

‘Sometimes, we don’t even see the kids for the holidays and we’re just pushing around cards and envelopes.’

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My father wants to deed his kids his 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载home before Prop 19 takes effect. I suggested a life estate instead — he said I’m ungrateful

‘California passed Proposition 19, which will in part require that inherited 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载homes that are not used as principal residences, such as second 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载homes or rentals, be reassessed at market value when transferred.'

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My fiancé and I have 3 kids each. My stepson, 16, ‘forgot’ his Christmas gift last year. Should I get him nothing this year?

‘I spent the last 2 years trying very hard to be kind to him, and to always greet him and include him regardless of his attitude. But recently, I just no longer care about his approval.’

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If you must talk politics at Thanksgiving dinner, follow these rules of engagement

‘Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t need two headless chickens fighting over the soul of the nation’

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I offered my son $30K for a down payment on a 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载home. His fiancée wants a written agreement for my gift to be split 50/50

‘My son had already agreed that any house they buy would be split 50/50 in case they divorced. She is still paying off student debt and has little savings.’

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My husband is paying $10,000 of $20,677 in child-support arrears. He wants me to give it all to my adult children. Should I do that?

‘Our adult children are 42, 39 and 34 years old. I assist my kids financially as needed and give them monetary gifts.’

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I got a promotion and a raise, but my colleagues undermine me. How do I balance work and my happiness?

‘The role was an addition to my new group with responsibilities taken away from two of the other team members who have been doing this kind of work for quite some time.’

by Quentin Fottrell