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I really need help with my parents.
My mom died when I was a little kid, and left me a trust fund with her life insurance and social security money. I was supposed to use it for college, but the stock market crashed literally the day before my dad was supposed to withdraw some. Since then, I found out that my dad has used most of the rest of it for his business, and my step-mom is using it to pay for her daughters to go to college and for the older one to fly to LA and get a nose job. They won’t give me any money, or tell me how much is in it, or anything else about it. Meanwhile they have had me take out loans (on pain of killing my cat… more on that later), and they take anything that is left over after my college deducts its charges. They also took most of the money that I made from my job. (I don’t normally work during the school year because I try to keep my grades up for my scholarship.) They say that it’s because my car insurance is higher because I’ve had a ticket, but they’ve taken WAY more than that, and my stepsisters have had tickets too and don’t have to pay.
Anyway, my financial situation right now really sucks because I have to pay the interest on my loans, and my cat (who they hate and threatened to have killed) needs surgery for a tumor. I also really want to see a counselor about depression, but my insurance company does direct payment, and my parents just keep the money and make me pay for it myself. I didn’t know this at first, so I have about $150 in debt from that too. I’ve got an interview for a job, but as I said I don’t want to work too much so that I don’t lose my scholarship.
I also had a ton of other problems with them during middle and high school, like my dad throwing stuff at me, my step mom calling me a worthless s**t and basically forcing me to be her slave so that she didn’t kill my cat, and making everyone in the house (including any guests) sit and watch for hours while they told me how horrible I was. I told my teachers and school counselor about it, but they just said that I was a liar. I figure that if I could get the money from my trust fund or at least make them stop taking my loans, I would be able to afford to see someone about it.
I tried talking to a lawyer at a legal clinic about all of this but he said that since I’m still listed as a dependent by my parents (so that they get a tax rebate–they actually don’t help me at all and they’ve admitted it to my face) and they have plenty of money, I can’t get any free advice. Someone please help me, tell me how I can get the trust fund, how I can make them pay me back, how I can get a lawyer to help me, or anything. I’ve put up with this for three years (plus all of high school and middle school), but my cat needs really needs this surgery or she might die.
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