Q: Is my birth certificate valid proof of adoption for a property dispute? Sealed documents in my state.
I have two siblings that share the same father (different mother's). I was adopted by my brother's father. Our sister is selling a house, but can't until my brother signs off, effectively splitting it two ways. A family member spoke to the attorney handling the property, and made them aware that I'm legally entitled to a portion (no will) to which she was told I would need proof of adoption. Mind you, I was adopted 31 years ago, the records sealed. Shouldn't my birth certificate be adequate?
A: Your birth certificate proves that you are not a sibling. You need proof of adoption to be considered a sibling. These records are not sealed to you.
A: If your birth certificate was amended after the adoption was completed to list your adoptive father as your father on that amended document, you should be able to use it to establish your rights to inheritance. You should consider retaining an attorney to represent your interests in Surrogate's Court.
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