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Family Law Keyed to Wadlington
Lankford v. Wright
Citation:489 S.E.2d 604
When plaintiff was a child, her natural mother entered into an agreement with her neighbors (the Newtons) whereby the neighbors agreed to adopt and raise her as their child. She moved into their home and was known as their child. The Newtons held the plaintiff out to the public as their own child. When Lula Newton prepared a will, it was not accepted because a portion of it had been defaced. However, the will had accounted for the plaintiff. Since it could not be probated, Lula Newton died intestate. Plaintiff filed for declaratory judgment seeking a declaration of her rights and status as an heir of the estate.
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