The Moneyist: My sister has devoted 15 years to helping our parents — how can I ever repay her?

Dear Moneyist,

I’d like to address the question of dividing an estate among children when one child has done so much more for the parents than the others — and I’m speaking from the standpoint of the child who has done less.

The consensus among your readers and other advisers seems to be that the estate should be divided evenly among the children, but I think everyone would agree that the estate’s debts should be paid before the beneficiaries receive their distributions.

My sister took care of both parents for over 10 years and continues to take care of my 90-year-old mother, for an additional five years.

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