I am the only son of parents who divorced when I was 4 years old. My father remarried soon after that, but had no more children.
Though he and I had some conflicts over the years, in the last several decades of his life we got closer and had a good relationship. Dad died in 2014. In the years before his death, he told me on several occasions — with great delight — that I would inherit a substantial amount of money.
The last time he said this was in the presence of my wife and my stepmother. He said I would get $1 million, and that I should not worry about my stepmom.
She did not say a word, but she was clearly not in agreement. I am sure Dad was aware of this, but he felt he had things well under control in the family trust he had set…