Fayetteville, NC asked in Family Law and Child Custody for North Carolina

Q: Man signs birth certificate,dies,but child not his(DNA test). Can DNA related children keep him from estate inheritance

Can the children of the deceased remove the him from the estate inheritance after DNA proves he isn't family. Girlfriend said he was father so he signed birth certificate.

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Sara W. Harrington
Sara W. Harrington
  • Carrboro, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: When the deceased person signed the birth certificate, he acknowledged that he was the legal, biological father. By signing that and acknowledging his role as father (whether this was under a wrong belief or not) he took legal responsibility for the child.

Once someone has acknowledged parenthood, they cannot disclaim it.

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