Intestate Inheritance Rights for Adopted Children - New Hampshire

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Birth Parents in Relation to Adopted Person

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 170-B:25

Upon the issuance of a final decree of adoption, all reciprocal rights of inheritance between the adopted person and the adopted person's birth parents and their respective collateral or lineal relatives shall contemporaneously cease.

When the adoptive parent is a stepparent, married to a birth parent, the child's relationship to such child's birth parent shall in no way be altered by reason of the adoption.

Adoptive Parents in Relation to Adopted Person

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 170-B:25

Upon the issuance of a final decree of adoption, all reciprocal rights of inheritance between the adopted person and the adoptive parent(s) and their respective collateral or lineal relatives shall contemporaneously begin.

Adopted Persons Who Are Not Included in a Will

Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 170-B:25; 551:10

The rights of a child adopted after the making of a will by the adoptive parent or parents shall be the same as the rights of an after-born child.

Every child born after the death of the testator, and every child or issue of a child of the deceased parent not named or referred to in his or her will, and who is not a devisee or legatee, shall be entitled to the same portion of the estate, real and personal, as he or she would be if the deceased parent were intestate.