§ 15-7-16. Inheritance by and from adoptive kindred.
(a) A child lawfully adopted shall be deemed, for the purpose of inheritance by the child and his or her descendants from the parents by adoption and the lineal and collateral kindred of the parents by adoption, and for the purpose of inheritance by the parents by adoption, and the lineal and collateral kindred of the parents by adoption, from the child and his or her descendants, and for all other legal consequences and incidents of the natural relation of parents and children, except as provided in § 15-7-17, the child of the parents by adoption the same as if he or she had been born to them in lawful wedlock. In the construction of any instrument, whether executed before or after May 8, 1956, a child so adopted and the descendants of the child shall be deemed within a limitation to the lawful heirs, issue, children, descendants, or the like, as the case may be, of the parent or parents by adoption, unless a contrary intention shall appear by the terms of the instrument or unless the particular estate so limited has vested in and as to the person or persons entitled to it on April 20, 1962; provided, that this sentence shall not apply in the construction of any instrument as to any child who is over the age of eighteen (18) years at the time of his or her adoption and who is adopted after the death of the maker of the instrument.
(b) When an adopted child is related by blood to the parent or parents by adoption, he or she and his or her descendants shall be entitled to inherit from and through the parent or parents only as an adopted child or descendants of an adopted child and not by virtue of the blood relationship.
(G.L. 1896, ch. 192, § 6; G.L. 1909, ch. 244, § 6; G.L. 1923, ch. 288, § 6; G.L. 1938, ch. 420, § 6; G.L., ch. 420, § 8; P.L. 1955, ch. 3483, § 1; P.L. 1956, ch. 3851, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 15-7-16; P.L. 1962, ch. 167, § 1; P.L. 1966, ch. 211, § 1; P.L. 1970, ch. 132, § 1.)