she raised us as her children, she called us her children and daughters in her will . he states we do not qualify to inherit her life estate because we were never adopted by her and that her fathers will left it to her for life, since we were not born to her, or adopted by her we should not inherit. Also the definition in her last will and testament defines children and child as being born to or adopted by her. so the will contradicts itself. it was standard form and the definition should have been taken out by the attorney who was fully aware that we were her step children due to many other matters she had handled for us. we probated the will 16 months ago.
I was told that we may qualify for equitable adoption, we have multitudes of papers and people tha thave come forward to say she claimed us as her children, always. we gave around the clock care to her when she was placed on hospice. after the death of our father she became completely dependent on us for care. what are your thoughts
when were young, all living at home she always told us that when she and our father got the fundstogether that she would adopt us, well that never happened. and the day she went to make her new will she told the attorney, I want to make sure that there is no question that these are my girls, all i have, and i want to be sure that i do everything possible, adotion or whatever to see that they get everything. The attorney told her you dont adopt middle age women, we can word the will to include them each equally. and she put children, and daughters, not step children. so here we are.
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