The father, who is in his eighties, appealed to his two sons complaining that his pension was not enough to cover his living costs.
“I have a pension of €600 a month,” the father reportedly said to his sons. “But I spend €300 on rent. With the rest I can't make it to the end of the month.
“Help me out. I need less than €80 from each of you. With €150/€160 more per month I will manage to scrape a living in a dignified way.”
But his sons reportedly denied his request, telling their father to simply sort it out himself, Today reported.
Unsatisfied by their response, the father then took the extraordinary step of seeking legal advice. His lawyer Fabio Capraro told him that he was within his rights to sue his sons for violating their family obligations, according to both civil and criminal law.