If I bought a house in my name with a documented gift from my father as downpayment, will my stepchildren have any rights to it if he passes before me?

I bought it a few months after getting married.

Asked on June 23, 2014 under Estate Planning, Virginia


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

In the state of Virginia step children that you have not adopted will not have an automatic right to inherit from you. But who is the "he" you are referring to? Your Father?  Is his name on the deed too?  I think that you should speak with a lawyer in your area on the matter because this type of estate planning needs to be done in person.  Good luck.

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