Do I need a Will for my wife if I want everything to go to her?

Asked on November 11, 2015 under Estate Planning, Washington


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Although it would be advisable to leave a Will, if you don't, the rules of intestate succession will determine inheritance.
Intestate means dying without a Will.
Under intestate succession, your wife will inherit your entire estate.  If there isn't a surviving spouse, your estate will be divided equally among your children.

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