Campbellsville, KY asked in Estate Planning for Kentucky

Q: In the state of Kentucky is step children considered children as heirs of estates? Do they have to be included in Wills?

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Ben F Meek III
Ben F Meek III
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK

A: Step-children that are not adopted before age 18 are not considered heirs. They can inherit shares of a decedent's estate if he adopted them or provided for them in his last will and testament.. They do not have to be included in a will. In order to let the world know that the testator was not making a mistake by leaving them out of the will, some attorneys will name each of them and leave them One Dollar ($1.00) each from the estate. If you are considering making a will and anticipate that your heirs or step-children may squabble, it would be a good idea to have an attorney draft a will for you and assist with its execution, thus ensuring that it will be effective to do what you want. Many estate planning attorneys offer free initial consultations. Good luck to you.

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