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Making a will can be a time consuming process that involves the interest of a potentially large amount of people. One of these interests is that of the testator’s spouse. A surviving spouse is generally presumed to be the first heir to which asset distribution goes to in the event property or assets are not accounted for in the will. However, not all marriages work out and when this happens, the terms of distribution in your will can be greatly affected, depending on the state you live in.

New York Law For Wills

There are three scenarios for will distribution to a former spouse in the event of divorce: the divorce automatically revokes the entire will, it only revokes the testamentary provisions making gifts to your former spouse, or it does not affect your will at all. In New York, upon the final divorce decree, all provisions or bequests to your former spouse are revoked, if the will is still valid. If you are still legally married but your spouse has abandoned you up until the time of your passing, the court will also view this the same way as divorce, and disinherit the spouse.

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