Do I have to leave my half of assets to my wife

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Do I have to leave my half of assets to my wife

I would like to leave half of my assets to my son from previous marriage

Asked on August 2, 2016 under Estate Planning, Missouri

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

MO law does not allow a person to completely disinherit their spouse. If a surviving spouse is left out of a decedent spouse's Will, whether intentional or accidental, they have a "right of election". Accordingly, state law permits a spouse to inherit 1/3 of the estate if the decedent spouse had children and 1/2 of the estate if there are no surviving descendants.


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