The Curious Case of an Adopted Person’s Inheritance

Adopted ChildAdopted children have a few things in common with their adoptive parents, but none that would matter in inheritance. All they retain is an emotional connection with their parents; no blood bond or even a small genetic pairing.

Nonetheless, it’s curious about how adopted kids get their inheritance and from whom.

Keeping Up with the Svenningsens

John and Christine Svenningsen from New York adopted a Chinese baby in 1996. It’s nothing out of the ordinary until the stipulations in the adoption contract came into the fore. It’s stated that in no way, shape or form are they allowed to abandon Emily, and that she is a biological child. John died, Christine severed Emily form the family, but all these happened when they signed a new trust made specifically for Emily.

Long story short, she still received a hefty inheritance due to the “irrevocable” part of the Emily Fuqui Svenningsen Trust.

The Curious Inheritance

From Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, an estate planning attorney will say that adopted children should receive inheritances from their adoptive parents. This raises issues for biological children who deem they’re the only ones who should be getting the wealth. But, as the law states, as long as adopted children are included in a will, they will get their due.

Many cases have received spotlight due to its uncommon nature. Such was the case for William Gartrell III and Diane Weiss and all their kids, when adopted Kay contested a will’s decision.

Subjective Nature

Much of the changes involved in adoption inheritance lie in wills and trusts. Adoptive parents sign a contract of many agreements, failing to remember some of the most important stipulations. Others could take a dramatic turn when a second spouse or biological child tries to invalidate the will, or at least the adopted child’s right to inheritance.

Few adoption issues catch attention as the Svenningsens’ did. Nonetheless, it’s a curious case when a child of no blood connection is suddenly receiving a large amount of money from parents who didn’t birth them.