If a child is adopted do they have any legal rights to an inheritance from their biological father?

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If a child is adopted do they have any legal rights to an inheritance from their biological father?

My son was adopted by my second husband. My first husband has passed away.
Does my son have any rights to an inheritance from his biological father?

Asked on April 30, 2018 under Estate Planning, Michigan

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

My research suggests that in MI, an adopted child’s ability to inherit from their natural parents is terminated, with the adoptive parents taking the place of the natural parents for inheritance purposes. However, there is an exception to this rule, that being a stepparent adoption. This means that a child adopted by a stepparent continues to be able to inherit through or from their natural parents. At this point, you should consult directly with a local pprobate attorney to confirm what, if any, rights your son has to his biological father's estate. 


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