This is the first in a series focusing on planning for children. This first article will focus on the importance of planning if you have step-children. The next article in the series will focus on the importance of planning if you have special needs children.
If you have married someone and your spouse has children from a different relationship, those are your step-children. Even if you have helped raise the child from a very young age, unless you have adopted the child, they would not be considered your child for inheritance purposes. The implication of this can be significant.