Adopted Children

By Stan Taylor Written on:




Want to make a start on your will?

Making a will is simple

Making a Will is not about wealth it is about making sure that what you want to happen to your estate does happen. It gives you the opportunity to specify such things as who will administer your estate, who will care for your children and who will receive specific items of your property.


Adopted children are regarded as children of the adopting family for all succession purposes. In essence, an adopted child is treated as if he had been born into the marriage. At the moment of adoption he loses his right to inherit from his birth family.

However, there are saving provisions for rights that have already arisen.

Issue and descendants

The words 'issue' and 'descendants' are often found in home-made wills. Their legal meaning goes beyond your children and includes, grandchildren, great grandchildren and so on.

For the sake of clarity, these words are best avoided. If you wish to benefit your grandchildren, it is better to say so in a gift separate from the one to your children.


New for 2017 - Other People's Children or Minor Children


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see: Making a will - The Law Society. Please note that will making differs in Scotland and this website currently deals with English laFree Will download

 

Perhaps you might consider taking legal advice from a solicitor about making a will if any of the following apply to your circumstances:

 

  1. A number of people could make a claim on your estate when you pass away because they depend on yourself financially
  2. You want to include a trust in your will (perhaps to provide for children, to save tax, or simply protect your assets in some way after you become deceased)
  3. Your physical and permanent home is not in the UK and / or you are not a British citizen
  4. You live here in the UK but you have additional property abroad
  5. You own all or part of a UK business.
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see: Making a will - The Law Society. Please note that will making differs in Scotland and this website currently deals with English law.

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