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The Moneyologist: My adoptive parents ostracized me because I’m gay — do I have a claim on their estate?

Dear Moneyologist,

My father died in 2014 and my mother died in January of this year. I was adopted, and my non-biological sister is my only other remaining family member. A second cousin informed me of my mother’s deaths My father did not include me in the will, but so far that’s hearsay. I did call an attorney in Indiana where my family is from, he checked about any deeds for me, and apparently there was no will. Also, what about life insurance policies? Who gets that? My main concern is who acquired all of my mother and father’s personal effects, cars, jewelry, etc.

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