What are an adopted child’s rights to their mother’s estate?

My mother is 91 and I only have 1 sister who is not my blood sister. She is my sister by adoption. I am 57. My mother and my sister are very close and my mother left her as excecutive to her Will. I have not seen my mother’s Will and my sister says that I am entitled to nothing in my mom’s Will as I am adopted. Mom has several bank accounts which my sister is aware of and they both have a joint bank account. My mother says she will be leaving her 5 grandchildren money in her Will and I feel this money she is leaving to grandkids is my share. I also feel that money is being hidden from me. Can I contest the Will?

Asked on June 12, 2012 under Estate Planning, Florida


david slater / david p.slater, esq.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

An adopted child has the same rights as a natural child.  The issue is what the will states, as a child is not required to be left anything.  A will can be contested if you can prove duress or incompetence.

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