Thanks to advanced technology, people can carry out tests at home that previously could only be done in a laboratory. For example, if a father has doubts about his paternity, he can take a home paternity test and know the answer in less than a week. But what if your father never acknowledged you as his son? Can you still receive his inheritance? The answer is yes. However, the procedures may vary according to the legislation in each country. In all cases, the judge may require a sibling DNA test in order to verify that there is a biological link between the unacknowledged child and the children who carry their father’s surname. It is a relatively simple procedure, but there are several steps that must be followed.
Seek the help of a lawyer
Inheritance can become a very complicated procedure, especially when there is no document that clearly determines how the deceased person’s assets are going to be distributed. In addition, the laws of each country are different in this respect, so there is no point in searching for information on the Internet. Besides a DNA test, you will need the support of a professional lawyer who will explain each of the procedures that you have to carry out. Remember, you may not always be able to receive a part of the inheritance or, worse, your “siblings” may end up hating you because they think you are an opportunist when in fact you deserve a little of what your late father never gave you. These legal proceedings are often tedious and time-consuming, so you have to be very patient.
What to do if you get the inheritance?
What you do with the inheritance you receive, will depend on what kind of inheritance it is and how well you communicate with your “siblings”. If you receive money as part of the inheritance and your “siblings” hate you, the best thing to do is to stay away from them and enjoy your share of the inheritance. On the other hand, if you create a family bond with your “siblings”, you could get much more than just the inheritance. Maybe you are going through a bad financial situation and your “siblings” can help you out. It is always advisable to approach such situations with as much humility as possible to avoid unnecessary conflict. Remember that a person has just recently passed away, and it is not a good time to create negative feelings for those who could become your family.