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I assume that your father is still alive? Do you know if he has a will?
And again, your father is still alive?
I tried to accept the phone call request, but the customer payment failed.
I guess we can continue the question here.
I can't personally run the charge (I don't have control over that part of the site).
Here's my response to your question:
First of all, you need to know that there are no "rights" that you have to forced inheritance. So if (for example) you're disinherited by the will and your father was competent at the time that he created and signed the will, it would stand and you wouldn't have a case. Being adopted by your stepmother gives you access to her estate should she die without a will. Now IF the will is successfully contested by you, and your father had no other children not also the children of your step mother, then your mother would actually get everything. The intestate laws (laws that apply when there's no will) say that if there is a surviving spouse AND all the children are legal children of the decedent and surviving spouse, then the surviving spouse will get everything. If there is a child that's not the legal descendant of the spouse, then the spouse will get 1/2 of the estate, and ALL the children would share in the other one half.
So in short, IF the will stands, intestate succession is meaningless. But if the will is challenged successfully AND you're not adopted, you would share 1/2 of the estate with the other children. IF you're adopted, AND there are no other children of his that were not also her legal children, then she would get everything.
Maybe you can try requesting a call again, if that's an option on your screen.
That's strange. It failed again. If you can try to rate my answer (unless you have further questions) we can see if that works...
Failed yet again. Have you tried to rate the answer (using the stars)?
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Still saying payment failed. In what way did my typed answer make no sense?
I can't call you until the payment processes. That's the point, and the payment fails every time. I'll forward this to customer service, and maybe they can try to process it through... We'll see.
It's still showing as payment failed. Did you try to rate it by clicking on the stars? It might be the card, but might be something else.
Call from them (as I can't call you until the payment processes)? Have you tried rating with the stars?
I don't understand. I did give you an answer to your question and have offered multiple times to explain any misunderstandings. I would love to call you but the customer payment keeps failing, so we can continue here and I can attempt to answer any additional questions that you have.
It's still not working, and I have not heard from the customer service department. I don't know when I might either. So it could be a while before I can actually call you (please note that I have done what I can in my power to answer this question, as I have attempted to answer it via chat, as well as trying to accept the phone call request multiple times). I have not had this problem before, but I guess it's an issue with the site. We can continue with the chat function and I can answer any follow up questions you have or clarifications you need.
I've spent the same amount of time with you. My point is that we could have chatted about any questions or clarifications that you needed in all of that time.