Issues for Children & Step-Children

Regardless of how old you are or the nature of your relationship, losing a parent is never easy. This section discusses the rights of children and step-children to inherit from their parent, or step-parent’s, estate.

Children and step-children may be eligible to contest the Will of their parent or step-parent where they did not receive reasonable financial provision from the Will or if they were left out of the Will entirely.

A court will examine the entire circumstances of the case such as the financial resources and needs of the child / step-child, and the nature of the relationship between the parent and child / step-child. The child / step-child must be able to show more than that it is not fair that their parent / step-parent did not leave them anything in their Will.

There may also be alternative options available to a child or a step-child to receive a share of the deceased’s estate.

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