I was adopted by my grandmother. Unfortunately my grandmother recently passed away. What rights do I have in the will?
5 attorney answers
assuming that the adoption was done in court and signed by a judge, then you should inherit in the will (or in testacy if there is not will) along with her children.
Remember that she is not required to give anything to anyone in a will, not even children, natural or adopted.
So take the will to a probate lawyer. Take a copy of your amended birth certificate or orders of adoption with you as well.
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In short, if your grandmother had a Will, the terms of the Will will control who gets what. If she did not have a Will and your adoption was finalized, you will take under the rules of intestacy as her child.
In most formal adoption situations an adopted child is treated the same as a natural child, so you would stand as an heir, however, each situation is different and you will need to talk to an attorney in your area.
You need to contact a probate lawyer. There are lot of factual questions that need to be answered to answer your question. For example, is there a will, what are its terms, was the adoption formalized, as well as others.
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Was there a Will? Was the adoption formal? Where?
I suggest you hire an attorney as much detail must be uncovered.