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Old 08-29-2010, 03:04 AM
 
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What if for example a large sum of money has fallen into the "heirs" of the family? Will a name change suffice for the child to benefit or does he need to be adopted legally?
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:13 AM
 
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Adoption would be need to change the status, If only a name change was needed anyone could change there name to claim it.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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I'm not a lawyer but I would assume the child have ot be adopted legally and even then its questionable. Maybe there's a lawyer on here that can answer.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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If you could just change your name. I would change my last name to Hilton.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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What if for example a large sum of money has fallen into the "heirs" of the family? Will a name change suffice for the child to benefit or does he need to be adopted legally?
Legal adoption. A name change doesn't do anything legally but change a name.

Anyone can be written out of a Will, but having a legal relationship (via birth and adoption) provides a person the opportunity to contest the Will if excluded.

A person who simply has the same name due to name change has no legal rights. Money can be left to them in a Will, but other family members could contest it.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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If you could just change your name. I would change my last name to Hilton.
Funny! Everyone would be Hiltons, Rockafellers, or Gates! Good point!
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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However, if that person is a child of that person, DNA is all that is required, no matter what name that person has..

To me, adoption does not necessarily make that person legally entitled, that would depend on the benefactor.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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However, if that person is a child of that person, DNA is all that is required, no matter what name that person has..
Good point! Illigitimate children are treated the same as children from marriage,

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To me, adoption does not necessarily make that person legally entitled, that would depend on the benefactor.
Most state laws treat adopted children with the same rights as biological children for inheritance from adoptive parents and even biological relatives of the adoptive parents.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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Actually, Oklahoma treats adopted children better than birthed children. In Oklahoma you CANNOT disinherit an adopted child. I don't know the why's but my mother was checking into it because we have a "sister" that is actually a cousin. My parents have raised her since she was 2 or so. They were considering formal adoption and decided to hold off for the time being. She was never told they were thinking about this (she was about 10 at the time) but they are REALLY happy they didn't pursue this... Mainly because they were afraid her birth parents would come out of the woodwork and cause problems. It is one thing to allow a family member to raise a child, quite another to "Formally adopt them" for some reason. Personally, I don't see much of a difference.
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:46 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses guys. We may be getting something (financially) soon and I don't want my step-daughter (whom I've raised since she was 5) to be left out while my biological kids benefit. She will soon turn 20.... so it would be adult adoption. Do you guys know if the biological Father still need to be contacted by the system even though she is an adult?
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