WV Supreme Court: Kids can't inherit from parents with no will, rights

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Supreme Court says children cannot inherit from a biological parent's estate if that parent has no will and had their rights terminated.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the justices ruled 3-2 Friday to uphold a decision by a Mercer County circuit judge to deny an inheritance for the daughter of a man who died in 2011. That man had no will and his parental rights were terminated for alleged sexual abuse against her. He died before the criminal case was resolved.

The majority opinion said the state's inheritance laws do not provide clear support or define children's rights in such cases.

The opinion said the Legislature must make any change in the law and it can't come through legal precedent.

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