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Husband abandoned wife and four children 44 years ago. He recently

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Husband abandoned wife and four children 44 years ago. He recently died after having married a woman in NC & having two children. New wife did not know about first family until many years later. First wife & shcildren had no idea where he was until many years later. First wife obtained divorce in 1970. Man had married new wife in 1968.

Do his first four children have any claim against his estate?
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Did the man have a will?






Customer: replied 6 years ago.

That I don't know. I do know that the woman that he married in '68 died a couple of years ago and she had a trust that by-passed him. She had a large inheritance and passed it on to her (and his) 2 children.

I did find info online showing that he & the wife jointly sold quited a few lots on the shore in NC.

I am going to guess that he also had a trust..with most likely a pourover will.

If he did have a will, then the children would have a claim if the will stated that "all his children" get a share, etc. If the will specifically stated which children, then no. If he did NOT have a will, then yes, they'd have claim. Either way, they need to file a motion with the probate court to see if they have any claim. I can help you find an attorney if you'd like.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Ok, thanks. Yes, I would like a referral to a NC attorney.
Sure. I'd like to refer you to the NC Bar's Referral program. The program is free. The attorneys are vetted, qualified, and affordable. If memory serves me right, you also get a free consultation once you are matched up with an attorney from the category that you need (or at least the consultation is very cheap - I know this for a fact). The link to the Bar's referral service is below.http://www.ncbar.org/publicpro-bono/lawyer-referral-service.aspx

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