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My father died a little more than three years ago. He was married to his 3rd wife at the time of his death. His 3rd wife had 2 children from another man prior to marrying my father. My father adopted his 3rd wife's son when the child was 3 years old. I am my father's only natural child.
My father's father, my grandfather, passed away 6 months ago. My father's 3rd wife claimed 50% of my grandfather's estate in the name of this adopted child. According to our attorney, my father's 3rd wife and her adopted son would also have rights to my property and my grandmother's property in the event of one or both of our deaths. As a result, my grandmother and I both have wills that exclude this woman and the adopted son from any of our properties, etc.
Since the passing of my father, I do not recognize my father's 3rd wife or her adopted son as being any part of me, any relatives of mine, or any part of my family. I was not involved with any part of this adoption.
My questions are:
Is there anything that I can do to legally seperate myself from this child?
(I would like to stress that my father's 3rd wife and her adopted son have never made any attempt to be civil toward me or my natural family. The only communication they offer is their relentless pursuit of money.)
Are there any laws that protect the natural family from the adopted idividual?
If not, what can be done?
Thank you! [EMAIL]N128BT@aol.com[/EMAIL]