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recently my mother in law and brother in law passed away. my mother in law was my brother in law's conservative due to the fact that he was mentally handicapped. my question is would my wife's 1/2 brothers from my father in law's previous marriage many years ago . and are adopted by another family. which my wife has never had any contact with nor her family . have any right to my brother in law's estate?
everything was in my mother in law's name and my brother in law's attorney's name. also he did not have a will.
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As a general rule, if a biological parent has given up all legal rights to his/her/their child, then a child cannot receive anything from that parent except under the limited circumstances that the parent expressly makes a bequeath to them in a Will or in some cases through a trust.
Domestic Relations ( New York) § 117. Effect of adoption. 1. (a) After the making of an order ofadoption the birth parents of the adoptive child shall be relieved ofall parental duties toward and of all responsibilities for and shallhave no rights over such adoptive child or to his property by descent orsuccession, except as hereinafter stated.(b) The rights of an adoptive child to inheritance and succession fromand through his birth parents shall terminate upon the making of theorder of adoption except as hereinafter provided.
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does it matter that they were adopted after my father in law got divorced from his ex wife?
No, the adoption severs the relationship. If the adopted out children are to inherit it must be explicitly provided for in a Will or trust.