Nine years ago, my mother, now 94 yrs old, came to live by us when my dad went into a nursing home (Dad is now deceased). She has a small estate to account for and my mother has made it clear she wants me to have it. Her grandchildren, (my niece and nephew) have only visited her 3 times in these 9 yrs, and only called her maybe 2x a year. I have taken full daily responsibility of her care as she declined throughout these years and I have jeopardized my own health. Now my niece is calling her every Sunday and I am sure there is a method to this. I don’t want to alienate my niece and nephew, but I don’t know what to tell them when the time comes as to why I am not sharing $$ with them. They can have some treasures my mother wants them to have, but they will be expecting $$ too. They each have kids too. I have put my own health at risk to care for her all these years and they have not helped me one bit. What can I tell them when the time comes? I am dreading this day. I might add that when their mother died (my sister), and left her entire estate to my niece and nephew, they sold everything too and we didn’t even get a lamp from my sister’s estate. They made out very well and they are not hurting for anything in life. They invested the money they received from her life insurance - ($500k) each! I don’t want to be the bad guy and cut off communication with them ever, but I don’t want to hand over what little is left of my mother’s estate either (Maybe around $30k). What can I tell them? That I invested the $$??