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Wills say it all, and that's why people should have one (even people in their 20s if they have personal posessions or property.) If this person in Virginia has left a Will, then the only way step-children would get any portion of the Estate is if that deceased has provided this in his/her Will. As step-children, and if you feel it's unfair then you can "contest this Will." If the person died intestate, a stepchild will be considered an heir by operation of law only if the stepchild was legally adopted by the deceased party. Otherwise the will determines who the heirs are.

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Q: If a person dies in Virginia are the stepchildren considered as heirs?
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If a person dies in Virginia who is considered as heirs?

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Are your stepchildren entitled to your estate?

Unless you legally adopted them your stepchildren are not your legal heirs.

Would stepchildren inherit estate if no will is found?

Stepchildren would be heirs-at-law only if they had been legally adopted by the decedent. See the related question link provided below.

What are stepchildren entitled to if there is no will when father dies?

Step-children are not heirs-at-law unless they were legally adopted. When a person dies without a will their property passes to their heirs-at-law under the laws of intestacy. You can check the laws in your state at the related question link below.

In PA are adult step children considered heirs?

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What are the consequencs if a will is found to be forged?

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