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Do you have people you wish to exclude from your estate plan?


Estate planning for Kent area residents varies significantly depending on each family. Every family has different wants and desires when it comes to their assets. Many times there is at least one person that a person creating an estate plan would like to leave out.

Excluding a person from an estate plan, including a will or trust, is common. There are many reasons why a parent would exclude a child from their estate plan. They may include the parent and child having a “falling out”, the parent not liking their child’s spouse, one child’s being more financially stable than another child and many more. If a child is left out of an estate plan, they can try to become included after their parent dies by arguing that the parent made a mistake by not including them or was influenced by someone else to not include them.


If a person wants to exclude a spouse from their estate plan it can be done, but the surviving spouse does have inheritance rights. These rights can include claiming a spousal share of the estate even if they were excluded. The spousal share is determined based on if they were a first marriage or subsequent and whether they had children with the deceased.

 A legal professional skilled in estate planning can help a family with their desires and wishes. An estate plan is a personal matter that is unique to each family. A person has the right to include and exclude anyone he wants from his estate plan.

Source:, “Excluding children from the estate plan”, Christopher W. Yugo, Oct. 23, 2016

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