If my stepfather has no Will, can I inherit his house?

Can I inherit it even though I am not blood related. There are no other children and my mother passed away 28 years ago. I do have general power of attorney because my stepfather has dementia going into Alzheimer’s and he is going to be placed into hospice. I have to make provisions as to what to do with the only asset he has. He has a living Will.

Asked on March 5, 2016 under Estate Planning, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, when there is no will, the rules of intestate succession control inheritance. A stepchild, however, does not inherit under the laws of intestate succession; only biological and legally adopted children do. d on what you writw, you would not inherit; the POA has no bearing on inheritance.

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