Planned Parenthood: Adult Adoption and the Right of Adoptees to Inherit

41 ACTEC L.J. 241 (2016)

66 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2016

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Richard C. Ausness

University of Kentucky - College of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2016

Abstract

This Article is concerned with the effect of adult adoptions on the inheritance rights (in the broad sense of that term) of adult adoptees. The Article contends many adult adoption statutes assume the existence of a parent-child relationship in which the adopter is the “parent” and the adoptee is a “child” even though this is not true of all adult adoption cases. In addition, legislatures and courts frequently fail to differentiate between “quasi-familial” adoptions and “strategic” adoptions, particularly where inheritance rights are concerned.

Keywords: Adoption, Adult Adoption, Inheritance, Adult Adoptees, Parent-Child, Statutes, Courts, Familial, Quasi-Familial, Strategic, Inheritance, Inherit, Trusts, Estates, Minors, Stepchild, Financial, Beneficiary, Will, Heirs, Issue, Testator

Suggested Citation

Ausness, Richard C., Planned Parenthood: Adult Adoption and the Right of Adoptees to Inherit (January 1, 2016). 41 ACTEC L.J. 241 (2016), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2880616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2880616

Richard C. Ausness (Contact Author)

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