In Pennsylvania if a couple is divorced and the exspouse is the only beneficiary on the Will is the will still valid

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In Pennsylvania if a couple is divorced and the exspouse is the only beneficiary on the Will is the will still valid

My wife and I were divorced 4 years ago and our wills stated that the only
beneficiary is the exspouse, is the will still legal we live in Pennsylvania

Asked on September 11, 2019 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Yes, the will is still valid, since who inherits under a will is completely independent of marital status, and a person can leave part or all of their estate to an ex-spouse. Whomever is named as beneficiary inherits, regardless of marital status. To remove the ex spouse, someone would gave to revoke, revise, or replace the will so the ex-spouse is no longer the beneficiary.


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