Menlo Park, CA asked in Adoption, Patents (Intellectual Property), Probate and Trademark for California

Q: Is it possible to inherit you're grandfather's assets in you're the only heir but we're adopted at birth .

1 Lawyer Answer
Bill Sweeney
Bill Sweeney
  • Probate Lawyer
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You should retain counsel to review the facts including intestate and testate issues. Generally, adoptees can take through intestate succession in the same manner as naturally born children. Prob C §6450(b). However, if there is a question regarding legal adoption you should have your counsel review your situation in light of Estate of Furia (2002) 103 CA4th 1 (equitably adopted grandchild had no right to inherit property of grandparent).

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