How Not to Protect Your Inheritance!

 

If you are considering adopting your former husband as your child in order to increase your claims to an inheritance, you might want to reconsider.  This bizarre case was featured in today’s JD Journal entitled:  Heiress Adopts Former Husband as Son to Grab Inheritance: Court Rejects Rights

In this case, the inheritance was to be split among the children and grandchildren of the deceased.  Because, Susan Gore had only 3 children, while her 3 siblings each had 4, her inheritance would not be as large as her siblings.  She and her son hatched a plan to adopt her then ex-husband as her son in order to make sure she would get an equal share.

A year after his adoption, the ex-husband made it clear he would not share the fortune with Susan’s 3 children, and it had been her intent to “un-adopt” him, however, her mother died in the meantime, leaving it up to the court to decide the fate of the fortune.

The court did ultimately decide that because the adoption was to knowingly circumvent the intentions of the deceased, that the ex-husband would not be entitled to a share of the inheritance.   All I can say is, “Oh what a tangled web we weave.  When first we practice to deceive” (Sir Walter Scott).


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