Intestate Inheritance Rights for Adopted Children - Iowa

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Birth Parents in Relation to Adopted Person

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 633.223

A lawful adoption extinguishes the right of intestate succession of an adopted person from and through the adopted person's birth parents and vice versa.

An adoption of a person by the spouse or surviving spouse of a birth parent has no effect on the relationship for inheritance purposes between the adopted person and that birth parent or birth parent's heirs. An adoption of a person by the spouse or surviving spouse of a birth parent after the death of the other birth parent has no effect on the relationship for inheritance purposes between the adopted person and the deceased birth parent's heirs.

Adoptive Parents in Relation to Adopted Person

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 633.223

The adopted person inherits from and through the adoptive parent(s) and vice versa.

Adopted Persons Who Are Not Included in a Will

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 633.267

If a testator fails to provide in his or her will for any of his or her children who were adopted by the testator after the execution of his or her last will, the child shall receive a share in the estate equal in value to that which the child would have received under Iowa law if the testator had died intestate, unless it appears from the will that such omission was intentional.