以前は何十匹もいた猫、今は家猫3匹外猫3匹になり、初めて犬のいない暮らしをしています。英語、フランス語、ドイツ語、ピアノ、細々と続けています。ブログの名前は“Le Petit Prince 星の王子さま”より。

2011-05-31 21:23

As I wrote yesterday, the lady who visited us yesterday gave half of the inheritance she received from her late husband to her step-daughter.
I was very surprised and moved by her generous spirit when I heard this, but even more so when I learned that she had been adopted by her late husband and his ex-wife.
As it turns out, there are some complications to this story.
My guest told me that she had been married to her late husband for ten years, and had cared for him while he battled cancer for two years. He and his first wife had adopted one of his older brother`s twin girls, because they didn`t have children of their own.
The girl`s mother agreed to this arrangement thinking that her daughter would eventually inherit her brother-in-law`s vast fortune, but, after his wife passed away, and he re-married, things became very complicated.
Apparently, the adopted daughter, who is now married, has a grown child, and is living abroad, hadn`t seen her father for many years, and only came back to Japan to collect her inheritance when she heard that he had passed away.
So, she and her real mother were very disappointed to only get half of the inheritance, and there has been a long legal struggle.
I feel bad for both families as they have been kind to us, and I hope that they can find an amicable way to resolve this situation.