My mother died 7 1/2 years ago. Her estate left each of her children some money.
We put a new roof on our house and built a deck.
My sister finished her basement into the cutest guest retreat that we have used several times.
My brother lives in Berkeley. California and because he is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict and has little sense when it come to money, I was given the responsibility of Trustee to his inheritance.
Over the years it has been difficult and I have made mistakes. I was not tough enough on controlling his spending. I didn't want to fight. I was a woos (how ever you spell that!) It has been incredibly stressful.
Now we are nearing the end of the money. It will all run out by the end of the year. The stock market crash this last year did not help our situation.
My brother is on welfare in California and will have an apartment and some food. But he will lose his TV and phone and computer.
My sister and I cannot afford to support his luxuries but we can't see him starve. I am so conflicted in this. My husband and I are nearing retirement and would like to be able to retire. My sister's husband is a lay pastor and doesn't make much money. Am I my brother's keeper? Do I sacrifice all I have worked for because of his bad life choices?
When I think about it, I cry. It affects every other aspect of my life.
God, please help me to know what to do. Please provide what I need and what he needs. I turn this over to you.