Wyoming Law Does Not Support Doctrine of Equitable Adoption.

In this case, the claimant thought that that decedent was her biological father, but learned after his death that she was not his biological child.  The claimant sought a determination that she was the decedent's heir based on the theory of "equitable adoption."    The court noted that state (WY) probate law did not allow stepchildren and foster children and their descendants to inherit.  Based on that, and because the court determined that the purpose of the probate code was to simplify and clarify the administration of the law, the court held that it would not judicially recognize the doctrine of equitable adoption.  In re Estate of Scherer, 336 P.3d 129 (Wyo. 2014).

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