Q & A – How does the law see estranged adult children when it comes to inheritence?

Inheritance laws vary by jurisdiction, but generally speaking, estranged adult children may still have a legal claim to their parent’s estate. However, the specific circumstances of the estrangement and the laws of the jurisdiction in which the parent lived will play a significant role in determining the extent of the child’s legal claim.

In some jurisdictions, there are laws that provide that a child who has been disinherited by their parent can still make a claim to a portion of the parent’s estate. However, the child will typically need to demonstrate that they were disinherited without sufficient reason, such as neglecting to visit or support the parent, or engaging in abusive or criminal behavior.

In other jurisdictions, the law may allow a parent to disinherit an adult child for any reason, so long as the will is properly executed and meets the legal requirements of the jurisdiction.

It is important to consult with an attorney who specializes in estate planning and inheritance law to understand how the laws in your jurisdiction apply to your specific circumstances. An attorney can advise you on the best course of action to protect your assets and ensure that your wishes are carried out after your passing.

By Linda C J Turner

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Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy.
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