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Adoptive children in Florida and estate planning

Most individuals who adopt children love and care for them as though they were their biological children. So, when Florida residents who have adopted kids prepare to do some estate planning, they likely would want to ensure their adopted kids are treated fairly by leaving them something after they've died. That's why it is so imperative that these parents have wills. 

Typically, adopted children enjoy the same inheritance rights as birth children, which usually just reinforces what parents want to have happen. It may be wise and an added precaution to include in a last will and testament the particulars of the adoption of any children such as the date and place of the adoption. The more comprehensive a will is, the better last wishes will be followed as long as they adhere to the law.

It's never good to die intestate (or without a will). Those who have adopted children will want to make sure their children are included after they have passed away and so having a will that spells out definitive instructions is necessary. Most estate laws still come under 1990 Uniform Probate Code, which stipulates that close relatives like a spouse and children, would inherit assets instead of distant relatives under the laws of intestacy. Adoptive children would be included along with biological children.

There may be cloudy areas that can stall Florida residents in their estate planning. A lawyer is the go-to for clarification when writing an estate plan that follows the letter of the law. Writing a plan that takes all loved ones into account may not be easy, but it will ensure that every loved one a testator would like to include isn't left out.

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