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Successful sister ponders her family obligation

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Dear Amy: My question is about family obligations — both financial and emotional. My sister and I are both in our 70s and retired.

She has made life choices that have left her alone and out of money with serious health issues. She has had multiple marriages that failed. She quit working at a young age (30s) due to health concerns.

I believe our mother supported her for years before (my mother’s) death in 2003. We live 1,000 miles apart.

She has children who live near her: one who has not had contact with her in a decade and one who helps only when she feels she has to.

I have been married for over 40 years; we both worked hard for decades and have a reasonable retirement that may or may not last as long as we live.

My sister has often expressed how she needs money, without actually…

Amy Dickinson

2023-05-09 04:30:22

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