DID GETTING MARRIED (IN WASHINGTON) REVOKE MY WILL?

In Washington, marriage does not revoke a pre-marriage will, although the end result is similar. Unless the pre-marriage will names the spouse and confers more than a nominal gift, the omission of the spouse is presumed to be unintentional. As a result, absent clear and convincing evidence of the decedent’s contrary intent, the spouse will receive the same inheritance as if the decedent died without a will. This means that the spouse will receive all of the decedent’s community property and at least half of the decedent’s separate property. See Revised Code of Washington 11.12.095. For marriages later in life, this is seldom the intended result.
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