Intestate Inheritance and Stepparent Adoption: A Reappraisal

27 Pages Posted: 29 May 2014 Last revised: 20 Jun 2014

James T. R. Jones

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: May 28, 2014

Abstract

Societal attitudes toward adoptions have shifted over time, and adoption statutes vary widely among U.S. jurisdictions. Unique challenges arise when drafting statutes that affect the intestate inheritance rights of adoptees. Drafters of uniform laws and state legislatures attempt to balance the goal of complete assimilation of an adoptee into an adopted family with the prevalence of remarriages and stepfamilies. This article analyzes the intestate inheritance rights of adoptees in stepparent adoptions generally, against the backdrop of Kentucky law. Noting that stepchildren deserve a well-considered examination of their intestate inheritance rights, this article offers suggestions for stepparent adoption statutes in Kentucky and nationwide.

Keywords: adoption, intestate inheritance rights, stepparent adoption, Kentucky

JEL Classification: K1, K3, K4

Suggested Citation

Jones, James T. R., Intestate Inheritance and Stepparent Adoption: A Reappraisal (May 28, 2014). Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Journal, Vol. 48, 2013; University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series, 2014-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2442994

James T. R. Jones (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

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Louisville, KY 40292
United States
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