Can You Leave a Child or Spouse Out of Your Will?

by | Feb 10, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

A person may prefer not to leave an inheritance to certain children for a variety of reasons. And sometimes a person may even wish to leave his or her estate to someone other than a spouse.

This raises the question of whether excluding children and/or spouses from one’s Will or Trust is permissible in Idaho?

The short answer is: Yes, it is legally permissible.

Each person has total control over the persons to whom his or her estate is left.

Bear in mind that, with respect to excluding a spouse, the person who passes away only controls the disposition of his or her half of the couple’s property and possessions. The surviving spouse will continue to own and control his or her own half of their community property.


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Daniel Patchin

Benjamin Monaghan, Attorney

Benjamin Monaghan