Heirs under intestacy statute include adopted children

In a decision one might think was unnecessary today, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the "children" who inherit under state intestacy statutes include adopted children. Fiduciary Trust Co. v. Wheeler, 132 A.3d 1178, 2016 ME 26 (Me. 2016). The issue was raised because an earlier court decision interpreting the decedent's will had held that a separate clause leaving property to the decedent's "issue" went to biological children (in this case grandchildren) only. This clause did not affect another clause, at issue here, that referred to the state's intestacy statute to govern distribution of property upon termination of the trust.