Does stepchild inherit or does the property go to the state if Step parent died without a will, leaving a residence? 6 Answers as of February 04, 2014

Step child lived with step parent from the age of 5, in a small community, went to school there, and was involved in community life. All of community thought child was natural child of step parent. Step child visited step parent often, from all over the world, where step child worked, and was very close to step parent and in the end stage of life, step child took care of step parent health needs and managed some financial affairs remaining estate is a residence of about $125,000.

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Law Office Of Victor Waid
Law Office Of Victor Waid | Victor Waid
The state will be entitled to receive the property, should the stepchild not be able to prove an equitable adoption occurred (factually), and where stepchild cannot show a legal impediment prevented the step parent from adopting stepchild.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/4/2014
Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
You may be able to establish a parent-child relationship and therefore inherit property from the step parent. You need to consult a probate attorney to review all of the facts.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/22/2014
Law Offices of Charles R. Perry
Law Offices of Charles R. Perry | Charles R. Perry
Step-children have no automatic inheritance rights. Since you lived with your step-parent when you were a minor, however, you may be able to establish a right to inherit. You would also have to establish that your step-parent would have adopted you had it been legal possible. That is not always easy to do. This assumes that California intestacy law applies to the real property in question. You need to consult with an attorney who handles estates and probate matters. Many times, the attorney's fees are paid from the estate.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/20/2014
Strowbridge Blaisdel Richardson | Strowbridge Richardson
Property will not escheat to the state UNLESS there is no intestate heir. The probate code lists the order of taking for an intestate (NO WILL) estate.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/20/2014
The Law Offices of Tres A. Porter | Tres A. Porter
The stepchild should talk with an experienced probate attorney in his/her area as soon as possible. California does have provision for "equitable adoption" for step children.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/20/2014
    James Law Group
    James Law Group | Christine James
    The estate will go to whatever distant relative is first in line such as parents, brothers and sisters, etc. If you are not a biological or adopted child you have no right to inherit.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/20/2014
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