Estate Planning: Adopted Children

Under the law of most states, an adopted person takes by intestacy from his adopting parents or
their kindred the same share as if he was actually born to his adopting parents. However, he
loses all rights to inherit from his natural parents or their kindred under the laws of intestacy.

One exception, to the general rule is when one of the natural parents of a minor child has
died and the parent-child relationship was not terminated before death.  In this case, the minor child may
still inherit from or through the deceased parent or kindred.

If the adopted person dies intestate, his property is distributed among those persons who
would have been his kindred if he had actually been born to his adopting parents.
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