Can my step children inherit from me equally as my children?

Q: In my Will I have included both my children and my step children and I called them all “my children”. Is it permissible to include both natural children and step children as children in my will without further specifying? My intent is to treat them all equally.

A: As long as you make this clear in your will, they will inherit equally. You could state something specific in paragraph like, “It is my intent for the purposes of this my Last Will and Testament, that my step-children inherit from my estate as if they were my natural children.”

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