Leaving Family Members out of a Will?
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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