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DESCRIPTIONHeir Qualification. Posthumous Heirs. An heir conceived during the intestate’s life but who is born thereafter. Posthumous Child. Posthumous Heirs. Adopted Children. History Not recognized in England until 1926. Law developed in U.S. Adopted Children. Rights of Adopted Child - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Heir QualificationPosthumous HeirsAn heir conceived during the intestates life but who is born thereafter.
Not recognized in England until 1926.
Law developed in U.S.Adopted ChildrenRights of Adopted Child
Inherit from adoptive parents?
Inherit through adoptive parents?
Inherit from biological parents?
Inherit through biological parents?Adopted ChildrenRights of Adoptive Parents
Inherit from/through adoptive child?Adopted ChildrenRights of Biological Parents
Inherit from/through biological child?
Special cases?Adopted ChildrenImpact of type of adoption?
Formal or statutory
By estoppel (equitable adoption)
Adult adoptionNon-Marital ChildrenCommon Law
Trimble v. Gordon (1977)
Lalli v. Lalli (1978)
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ART ChildrenAscertaining parentage
After death reproduction
Practice notes:Step-ChildrenGeneral rule not heirs
Exceptions?Half & Whole BloodWhat did the vampire say after attacking the half-blooded person?Whole BloodCollateral relatives of the intestate (e.g., siblings) who share both parents in common.
Half BloodCollateral relatives of the intestate (e.g., siblings) who share only one parent in common.
XApproaches1. Common law = inherit personal property but not real property
2. Modern rule = irrelevant
3. Scottish rule = each half-blood receives half as much as each whole-blood
4. Inherit only if no whole-blooded heirsScottish Rule Example
Non-United States Citizens
Unworthy Heirs1. ForfeitureUpon felony or treason conviction, all property to government.
2. Civil DeathUpon conviction of serious crime, property passes to heirs.
3. Corruption of the BloodUpon conviction of serious crime, prohibited from being an heir.
4. Heir Murdering IntestateCommon Law
Early U.S. LawJudicial Solution =Constructive TrustEquitable remedy to prevent unjust enrichment.Legislative Solution = Slayer Statute
5. Heir causing death, but not murderNegligently
5. Heir causing death, but not murderCompeting policies:
Not deprive of inheritance without just cause.
Allowing killers to take promotes devious schemes.
6. SuicideCommon law = forfeiture often occurred.
Modern law = irrelevant7. Adultery
8. Bad Parents
10. May-December Marriages
Non-Formally Married PartnersCommon law marriage
Civil unions and domestic partnerships