If our Will says all grandchildren, does that include step-grandchildren?

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If our Will says all grandchildren, does that include step-grandchildren?

Asked on September 29, 2015 under Estate Planning, Wisconsin

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, that would not include step-grandchildren, since step-grandchildren are not at all legally equivalent to grandschildren even if they may be emotionally equivalent. "Step-grandchild" is not a legal relationship the child has no legal connection to you and no right to inherit under instate succession. To include them in the will, name them by name or state that you are iiving whatever it was to step-grandchildren as well as grandchildren.


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