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Do I have rights to a portion of my deceased fathers estate

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Do I have rights to a portion of my deceased fathers estate if he never legally adopted me but raised me since I was 2 yrs old and I used his last name as my legal name throughout my life.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to tell you but you do not have any legal claim to his estate.

Had he legally adopt you and died without a will you would have had a potential claim.

If there is a will then the will governs regardless of who is legally adopted or not. So even a biological child could not make a claim to the state if there is a will and that will left out the child.

I'm sorry about that.