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In the State of Texas, what legal rights does an adopted child have to inheritance when they chose to not be a part of the family any longer (20+ years ago)?

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No. Just curious what the rights will be from the family's perspective.

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Thank you.

In Texas, when a child is legally or formally adopted, they inherit to the same extent as natural children. A formal adoption is where the court system is involved. That means that the adopted child inherits not only from the adopting parents but through them. They will inherit from grandparents and aunts and uncles to the same degree that a natural born child would inherit from them.

If the adopting parent leaves a will, he can leave his property to anyone he chooses. He can leave property to the adopted child or not. However, if he dies intestate (without a will) then the child adopted by estoppel will inherit a share of this adoptive parent’s estate the same as any other child.

For more information, see this website: http://www.texasinheritance.com/inheritance-mainmenu-28/children-inherit-mainmenu-40/260-natural-born-and-adopted

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