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May adopted children inherit from their adopted parents?

May adopted children inherit from their adopted parents?

In New York adopted children are treated just like natural children they have full inheritance rights from their adopting family. Additional the adopted children’s issue(their children) will also have full inheritance rights. This is true under a will or if someone dies intestacy, without a will.

What if I write a will before I adopt a child, and I forget to update the will…does the adopted child lose out?

It depends on the circumstances of gifts in the will and whether you already had children before the will was created.  If you already have children and you choose to give them nothing then your newly adopted child may also receive nothing.  But if you were giving your children something in the will then the newly adopted child might take a proportional share of what was given to the other children.  The best way to understand how this would play out or better yet, update your will so that the intended people receive their intended share of your estate contact a New York estate attorney.

If you wish to speak to a New York estate attorney, call the Law Offices of Albert Goodwin at 718-509-9774.