Continuing our discussion of the legal inheritance rights that adoptive children have to inherit from their adoptive parents, we’ll look at the specifics of the Florida Revised Statutes. An adopted child is the adopting parent’s lineal descendant, according to Florida law.
However, an adopted child is not a lineal descendant of his or her biological parents, according to Florida law. This means that if you are an adopted child, the Florida Revised Statutes considers you a blood relative or lineal descendant of your adoptive parents. Thus, if your adoptive parents die intestate or without a will, you may inherit from them in many cases. As such, an adopted child who survives his adoptive parents can receive property according to the terms of their wills, but if they die without first creating a will or without a valid will, he or she can rely on the state’s intestacy succession laws.
Florida law does not consider an adopted child as the lineal descendant of his or her biological parents. Thus, if you were adopted, and your biological parents die intestate, you have no legal inheritance rights. However, if you were adopted and your biological parents died testate or with a valid will, you may have legal inheritance rights to inherit under the terms of the will. This is more common today with technological advances allowing adoptive children and biological parents to find one another through electronic internet databases and search groups.