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I was adopted - what are my rights? Property inheritance in Poland


rybicki 1 | -
22 Aug 2011 #1
I have lived in Polen from age one to 10. My mother had married a man who came from poland and had several properties. He adopted me and gave me his name.

My Father died when I was 10 (1956) therefore my mother and I went back to Germany where me and my mother where born.
Since then we found out that we are now capable to take back our properties.. I visited in 2003 and found out that the properties had been managed by a Lady who my father had hired before he died..she had been working for him.when my mother and I lived we had no Idea.. the inheritance had been handed down to my mother, she too died in 2010..a lawyer I hired to look after this affair had been in communication with a lawyer in Polen, he said that the old women had sold the property and forged our name for selling the property, the money had been given we assume to her kids, the old lady died recently.. what can we do??

if anyone has any similar problems let me know.. I do think that this lawyer I hired had not played with the right cards.. I assume there is more to the story.. I like to know my rights.. the lawyer indicated to me that there is nothing I can do now..
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
22 Aug 2011 #2
what can we do??

I'd walk away if I were you.

But if you really want - I can provide you with the contact details of a very trustworthy lawyer.

But - in this case - it's going to be very expensive and difficult to prove anything.
poland_
22 Aug 2011 #3
I like to know my rights..[/quote]
I can also provide you with the details of a lawyer here in Warsaw, they are working on very similar case/story for a good friend of mine ( land not property)

I'd walk away if I were you.

If rybicki, has all of the documents in order, why walk away Delph, it will take time, as far as I understand about the Polish law the problem is the buyers, unless of course the property was sold and the money given to family members of rybicki's step- father with his consent.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
22 Aug 2011 #4
That's the problem - I doubt that he has the documents in order. If he does, he should certainly go for it - but it would seem that it would be hideously complicated to deal with.

I can also provide you with the details of a lawyer here in Warsaw, they are working on very similar case/story for a good friend of mine ( land not property)

Take this guy's advice Rybacki - he's a reliable member of this site.

the lawyer indicated to me that there is nothing I can do now..

I think you can do something, but the first thing is to make sure that you have all the documents in order.
inkrakow 1 | 98
22 Aug 2011 #5
what can we do??

It's pretty straightforward, but not easy. There are cases of old owners of properties recovering them fairly frequently in Poland so it's definitely not impossible. You need a lawyer to check the deeds of the properties and on what basis they were managed and sold. They can then advise you what to do next. It won't be quick or particularly cheap and you definitely, definitely need a good lawyer. The fact that you were adopted makes no difference under Polish law.

If your properties are somewhere in the south of Poland (Silesia, Malopolska, Podkarpacie), I too can give you the name of a good (and trustworthy) German-speaking Polish lawyer who operates here.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
22 Aug 2011 #6
It won't be quick or particularly cheap and you definitely, definitely need a good lawyer.

Actually - Rybacki - if you want, I'll be happy to look over things for you if you wish?

Not interested in payment, but the situation intrigues me - I'm happy to act as a "fresh pair of eyes" so to speak.
lawyer
26 Sep 2011 #7
I am a lawyer based here in Poland and I think that I could help you to regain your property.

Contact:
Mooselimb
26 Sep 2011 #8
trustworthy lawyer.

Isnt that a endangered species?
NJR3436
18 Aug 2017 #9
Hi, My father married a Polish woman.She brought land and bulit a house while she was married to my father. He spent money on it and did lots of work on it. He has now passed away. Have the children of the deceased got any rights to the property.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,858
18 Aug 2017 #10
Have the children of the deceased got any rights to the property.

why would you? its her house...
Ironside 50 | 11,500
18 Aug 2017 #11
Have the children of the deceased got any rights to the property.

As far as I remember (it had been a while) - yes!
She has a right to half of the property while you, your siblings and her children have an equal share in the other half, provided he didn't make any other arrangements to curtail your rights.

The best advice contact a lawyer in Poland.


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