This strange tale was recently told in an InterAksyon article titled "Drug-crazed man sets sisters' houses
on fire over land inheritance dispute."
On a recent night in the Philippines, Rodrigo Bultron showed up at one of his sisters' homes under the
influence of drugs and alcohol. An argument ensued and Bultron threw a burning object onto the roof of
As a result of this act, the house caught fire along with the house next door which was owned by
another of Bultron's sisters. Why this crazy behavior?
Local police surmise that Bultron believed that his sisters were given a larger portion of land from their
parents' estate than he received.
If true, this extreme case highlights the inherent danger of leaving unequal inheritances to your children.
While resorting to arson is unlikely in most cases, unequal inheritances are often the cause of family
feuds over estates. If you are considering giving one child more than another, you need to proceed with
The best practice is to communicate with your children during your lifetime about why they will not be
receiving an equal share of your estate. You should also include specific language in your estate plan
about the reasons for the discrepancy.
If you want to know what else you can do to minimize the chance of feuds when leaving an unequal
inheritance, talk to an experienced estate planning attorney, or attend one of our free workshops!
Reference: InterAksyon (May 24, 2015) "Drug-crazed man sets sisters' houses on fire over land