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    Default Is it Legal to Disinherit Your Child or Stepchild

    My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Indiana


    Is it legal in the state of INdiana to not leave anything to a child or step-child in your Will?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Who Must We Leave Something to in Our Wills

    Sure - you can leave your assets to anyone - even me!

    If you die without a will, it will most likely be divided up among your heirs. Your stepchild may not be an heir unless you legally adopted them.

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    Default Re: Who Must We Leave Something to in Our Wills

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    My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Indiana


    Is it legal in the state of INdiana to not leave anything to a child or step-child in your Will?

    Thanks.
    Yes, it is and as Guybrush mentioned step-children likely aren't heirs unless you adopted. That said, it isn't a bad idea to mention all of your heirs in the will even if you don't leave them anything.

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    Default Re: Who Must We Leave Something to in Our Wills

    There is no legal obligation in any state (except one) to leave anything to any child, regardless of the child's age. The only exception is in Louisiana, which gives children under a certain age (I believe it is 24) the absolute right to a share of a parent's estate.

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