There are many reasons why an adoption may be commenced after the potential adoptee turns 18.
In an adult adoption the biological parent or parents do not have to be contacted or give their consent as they would if the adoption were for a minor child. Therefore a stepparent who had wanted to adopt their stepchild for years but knew that it was impossible to get a biological parent’s consent may be able to successfully adopt their stepchild once that step child is an adult.
The adult adoptee should be aware that the adoption will prevent him/her from inheriting anything from his/her biological parent as a matter of law. Some complicated situations involving inheritance and probate can occur, especially if the biological parent was unaware of the adoption at the time of his/her death. As probate attorneys, we can assist with these issues.