Pretermitted wifeWhat is a pretermitted spouse

I’ve written before about pretermitted (forgotten) children and their rights to inherit. You can read the articles here and here. Basically, a pretermitted child is one who is born after a will is executed and is not otherwise provided for by the parent. In that case, the pretermitted child would inherit a share of the parent’s estate even though he is not mentioned in the will. Some states also recognize a pretermitted wife or spouse. In that case, if a marriage takes place after a will is executed and the wife is not otherwise provided for by the husband, she takes a share of the estate even though she is not mentioned in the husband’s will. See for example, the California Probate Code Section 21610-21612. Washington state also recognizes a pretermitted spouse. No. 30995-9-III.

Pretermitted wife not recognized in Texas

Texas does not recognize a pretermitted wife, only pretermitted children. A child in Texas who is contesting a will may recover under the pretermitted child statute. A wife in a will contest in Texas will not since there is no Texas statute recognizing a pretermitted spouse.

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By Robert Ray a Board Certified attorney. The foregoing information is general in nature and does not apply to every fact situation. We handle litigation involving inheritance disputes. We don’t prepare wills. We don’t file wills for probate or distribute estates except when we are contesting a will or protecting a will from a contest. We handle a select few cases on contingency. Don’t use a comment to ask a personal question about an inheritance issue because your name and comment will be public. To ask a litigation question and to protect your privacy, click the red button to the right.