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Family Law Keyed to Weisberg
In Re Adoption of Swanson
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Richard Sorrels, age 66, sought to adopt James Swanson, age 51, his companion of 17 years. The purposes of the adoption were to formalize a close emotional relationship and to facilitate their estate planning. They sought to prevent collateral claims on their respective estates from remote family members, and to obtain the reduced inheritance tax rate which natural and adopted children enjoy under Delaware law. The Family Court denied the petition on the grounds that there was no pre-existing parent-child relationship between them.
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