Most states have protections in place to ensure that a spouse receives some support from you.

Even if you leave your spouse out of your Will, state law may still give your spouse some benefits from your estate. 

For example, in some states, a spouse may elect to take a portion of your estate, even if your Will expressly excludes the spouse. In other states, a spouse may continue to reside in the primary residence, even if you leave it to someone else.  

These rules can vary greatly by state.

If you have specific questions about spousal rights or questions about ensuring that your decisions are enforceable, you may want to consider consulting a qualified attorney that is licensed to practice in your state.

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