Leaving Family Members out of a Will?

by | Apr 22, 2017 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can a person choose to leave nothing to a child?  How about leaving nothing to a surviving spouse?  Is that permitted?

The answer is, “Yes.”

There is no legal requirement that some portion or minimum amount of a person’s property be left to specific family members.

So a Will may intentionally leave nothing to a child who has nuked his or her relationship with his parents.

A person can even choose to leave nothing to a surviving spouse if he or she so decides.

A Will cannot be successfully attacked by a person simply because no inheritance was left to that person.  Leaving out children or spouse is the prerogative of that person.


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