The Moneyist: Mother’s Day dilemma: My mom gave my sister $20,000 for her stem-cell treatment, I want her to deduct it from her inheritance

Dear Moneyist,

I live in California and I am the executor of my mother’s will. She is 82 and still working part-time designing and planting gardens. My sister told my mother last month that she needed $20,000 for stem-cell treatments for sickle cell anemia, a medical condition we all were unaware of.

Responding to my sister’s hysterical call, my mother closed a bank account and mailed my sister a check for the full amount, which is nearly 20% of my mother’s life savings. Needless to say, I’m furious, as this seems like a dubious request for money.

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