Estate planning for adopted or step children
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- During estate planning, it is important for everyone to ensure their belongings are taken care of in the event of passing away. It is especially critical for those individuals who have adopted children or step-children. Many times courts will not automatically assume that you want your adopted or step-child included in your estate.
When you pass away unexpectedly and without a will, your belongings are transferred to your family. This generally includes biological children, spouse, and biological family. Therefore, children who are not biological offspring may end up being completely left out of the estate planning.
Service members should create a will that specifically includes names of adopted or step-children. You can also include specific language in your will with the children's names to prevent any confusion by the court.
Please visit https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html to fill out a will worksheet. Once completed, contact the Misawa Legal Office at DSN 226-4022 or call 0176-77-4022 from off-base and set up an appointment with an attorney to finalize a will. This way you and your children can feel safe that if the unthinkable happens, they will be protected and cared for.