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How old are the children?
What are the reasons that the bio children would be contesting the will or trust?
Ok, then adult children don't receive survivor's benefits unless they are declared permanently disabled if it started before age 22.
If the reason is that the disposition of the estate is unfair, that is not a legal ground to contest a will. If father was legally competent when he executed his will, then unfortunately, he can omit any family that he wants to from receiving anything from his estate. A child only has a statutory right to inherit if a parent passes without a will.
Otherwise, a parent can disinherit children if they want to do so because it is their assets to leave to whomever they choose.
What stepmother did was morally wrong, but not legally actionable.
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