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Step Parents urged to consider adoption

22nd November 2016

This week marks National Adoption Week (21-27 November) in Scotland and the firm is encouraging parents to consider officially adopting step children, in certain circumstances, in a bid to safeguard their future inheritance.

With traditional family units changing and many parents remarrying for various reasons, parents are often not aware that only biological and adoptive children have automatic inheritance rights should anything unfortunate happen to the parents.

Morven Douglas, Associate with Morisons’ Family Law Team explains, “A situation we can encounter is when a mother or father remarries following the death of their spouse.  Step children are welcomed into the family but unless the step-parent officially adopts the child, the child has no right to claim on the step-parent’s estate in the event they have died without a Will, nor make a claim where they have been left nothing by the step-parent in their Will.

“Like most things we just get on with everyday life and mean to take care of wills and other such matters but ignoring such issues can lead to unnecessary and costly complications later.  Where there are no other parties with parental rights and responsibilities it is usually a straight forward process which concludes with an adoption order being granted by a Scottish court”.

For further information on adoption contact Morven Douglas

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