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does an illegitimate child have a right to inheritance in

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does an illegitimate child have a right to inheritance in arizona
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Yes, if the deceased parent is either on the birth certificate or has been determined by the court as the legal parent. This is so long as the deceased parent never gave up parental rights.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Even if there has been no meaningful contact between the parent and child for at least 30 years ?


And what if the property and bank accounts are left in the name of one child (legitimate child) on property and bank documents without an actual will ?

Yes, regardless of the contact. If a Will, beneficiary designations on accounts or joint assets are left differently then the names on those will control. (For example, if the bank accounts you asked about were left in the name of the one child then they would pass only to that one child.)
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