Can Someone Be Disinherited From Your Will?

Can Someone Be Disinherited From Your Will

If you want to disinherit someone from your will, you probably have several questions, like who can be disinherited? What are the common reasons for disinheriting someone, and how can you ensure it’s legally enforceable? 

Disinheriting someone from your will is a personal decision that only you can make, and if you want to change your Last Will & Testament to exclude someone, we recommend speaking with your estate planning attorney as soon as possible. 

Who Can Be Disinherited? 

Any person who is named in your will, legally referred to as a beneficiary, can be disinherited. This includes adult children, spouses, relatives, friends, and anyone else who has been named. Simply put, if you’ve listed a particular beneficiary in your will and you want them removed, it is legally possible to remove them. 

Common Reasons For Disinheritance

  • Divorce: If you get divorced and your now ex-spouse is named as a beneficiary, you may want to change this.
  • Estrangement: When you’ve grown estranged from one or more of your beneficiaries over the years, you can legally remove them from your will if you wish. 
  • Previous support already given: If you’ve already given a substantial amount of money to a beneficiary, or you’ve already gifted them sizable assets, you might want to disinherit them. 
  • Conflicts of interest: Some agreements simply can’t be solved and can put a tremendous strain on the relationships between the people involved. 
  • Medical/health status: If one of your beneficiaries has a change in their health status and you feel they will require more financial support than your other beneficiaries, you can arrange this via disinheriting one or more of your beneficiaries. 

How To Disinherit Someone From Your Will

If you’ve made the decision to disinherit someone from your will, contact your estate planning attorney to update your Last Will & Testament. An experienced attorney will ensure your current wishes are reflected and legally enforceable, making any contestations less likely to succeed. 

To speak with an estate planning attorney about disinheriting someone from your will, or if you have any questions about writing a will, please contact our team at SCC Legal today or visit our website at:



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