Birth parents are not married to each other.
Question pertains to natural mother who is obviously identified as such.
It also pertains to natural father, for whom a paternity test would be required.
Offspring is an adult.
General Practice Lawyer
Adoption under California law creates a parent-child relationship between the child and his or her adoptive parents. (Prob. Code, 6450 subd. (b).)
For intestate succession purposes, adoption also severs the parent-child relationship between the adopted child and a natural parent unless:
(1) The natural parent and the adopted person lived together at any time as parent and child, or the natural parent was married to or cohabiting with the other natural parent at the time the person was conceived and died before the person’s birth.
(2) The adoption was by the spouse of either of the natural parents or after the death of either of the natural parents
(b)Neither a natural parent nor a relative of a natural parent, except for a wholeblood brother or sister of the adopted person or the issue of that brother or sister, inherits from or through the adopted person on the basis of a parent and child relationship between the adopted person and the natural parent that satisfies the requirements of paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (a), unless the adoption is by the spouse or surviving spouse of that parent.
(c)For the purpose of this section, a prior adoptive parent and child relationship is treated as a natural parent and child relationship.
(Prob. Code, § 6451 subd. (a).)
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Criminal Defense Attorney
I agree with the previous comment. Typically, adoption severs all times between the natural parents and the adoptee. However, there are some exceptions to the general rule.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
As you state it, there is little chance that someone could inherit. I would concur with other counsel.
All other answers are correct. Further, a paternity test will not help. Assuming you are the biological child of father, the adoption is sufficient to rebut any presumption that could be argued to have been created under other statutes that provide an equitable parent child relationship.
I agree with my colleagues answers with one exception -- the biological parent can certainly name the adopted child in their will or trust to take whatever portion of their estate they see fit. The adoption merely severs the parent-child relationship for purposes of intestate succession.
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Family Law Attorney
You didn't post all relevant information. For the time being, I 2nd attorney Michael Raymond Daymude's response. It's best for inheritance to occur by express gift (as in a Will or Trust) rather than by intestacy.