Birth mother passed late last month. There is a will, uncle executor. Everyone keeping me in the dark about will. People removing her estate items as I type, yet no official notice. Some argument about her home between uncle and her roommate and who gets it. When she passed she told me to make a list, everything I requested was denied by my uncle. She told me she had insurance for me, uncle says it was "nothing" or "don't worry about it." No one asking me how I feel about any of it. I am her only child, was adopted out but we reunited over 20 years ago and were as close as we could be. I think uncles and roommate are robbing her estate and me of my inheritance. How can i see her will? What are my rights?
Because you were adopted, you no longer have a "birthright" to the estate. Hence, any assets you receive from the estate will be as defined in the will. With regard to the insurance, if you are the named beneficiary then the proceeds will pass directly to you and bypass probate. You just need to provide a death certificate and ID.
If probate has been initiated, the will will be on file with the court. You can review it online or get a copy from the court clerk. Good luck.
I am glad to hear that you were able to be reunited with your birth mother, and sorry to hear about your loss.
Once you were adopted by other parents, you legal rights to your birth mother were terminated. This means you are not her child for inheritance purposes. If she included you in her will, or named you as beneficiary of her insurance, then you would be entitled to that. Her oral representation to you is not legally binding. It would make sense to look at the probate file to see her will and what it states.
I concur with my colleagues - that your birthright was legally terminated by your adoption by your adoptive parents.
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