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My mamaw and papa have had custody of me all my life am I…

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My mamaw and papa have had custody of me all my life am I considered their child.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have your mama and papa taken? Have they filed any papers in family court?

Yes

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are they in?

Tennessee

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They are my legal guardians and have both passed away recently and I'm not sure what I'm entitled to from their estate?

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You would only be considered their child if they legally adopted you. You call them "maw maw and papa" if they were your blood grandparents, you could inherit without a will only if your actual biological parent that was their child has died.

If they legally adopted you, which you would have to determine by checking your birth certificate and court records for adoption records. Absent adoption records or a written will, you would not have inheritance rights just because they had custody of you all this time.

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