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I have a daughter who has been abusive. I cared for her child

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I have a daughter who has been abusive. I cared for her child for 11 years, provided a home for her and a car to drive. One day I asked her to turn down music playing on the radio and her response was anyone who cant listen to this music is too old. I responded that age had nothing to do with it and she responded by telling me to shut the f up. I responded by stating I didn't deserve that and she in turn told me to shut up. I took the car away and she decided to move out of the house. For the past three years she has not allowed me to see my grandchild. Her sister said I was talking about her to my gd, which is not something I would do - my gd is not a pawn. She blames me for all that my gd has gone through when I was around - nothing concrete only vague accusations. and stated she has no feelings for me because I kicked her out of the house. I did not kick her out of the house. I would like to formally disown her.
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I am sorry to hear of your situation. There is no legal process to disown a child. That is to say, you cannot petition a court and ask for a legal document stating that you disown your child - there is nothing they can give you.

If you want to exclude them from any inheritance, make sure you have either a Will or trust set up, because without one, you would pass away being "intestate", meaning state law would decide how your estate is divided, and it is possible your daughter could still inherit in such a situation.

When you create a Will or trust, language can be added that says something like "I leave nothing for my daughter, Joan, for reasons known to her", or something similar. Adding language to your estate planning documents makes it clear that you are aware of the person and acknowledge them and are making the choice to leave them nothing.

If you have any follow up questions about my answer, I am more than happy to assist you further.
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