Generally, in Texas, the inheritance rights of formally adopted children are the same as naturally born children. That means that they inherit from and through their adoptive parents. “Through their adoptive parents” means that if the parent of the adoptive parent dies after the adoptive parent, the adopted child will inherit from the grandparent to the same extent as a natural born child. You can read more here.
Adoption By Estoppel
A child does not necessarily have to be formally adopted to be considered an adopted child of the adoptive parents. You can read about adoption by estoppel here.
Inheritance From Biological Parents
The inheritance rights of adopted children from their natural parents may be the same as from their adoptive parents. An adopted child could inherit from his natural parents as well as from his adoptive parents. If a court terminated the rights of the natural parents, the order of termination has to be reviewed to determine what inheritance rights the child has from his natural parents. You can read more here.
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By Robert Ray a Board Certified attorney. The foregoing information is general in nature and does not apply to every fact situation. We handle litigation involving inheritance disputes. We don’t prepare wills. We don’t file wills for probate or distribute estates except when we are contesting a will or protecting a will from a contest. We handle a select few cases on contingency. Don’t use a comment to ask a personal question about an inheritance issue because your name and comment will be public. To ask a litigation question and to protect your privacy, click the red button to the right.