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 plan, state law may still give your spouse some benefits from your estate. 

For example: In some states, a spouse could choose to take a portion of your estate, even if your Estate Plan 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 adding Attorney Support (+$200) to your plan to consult a qualified attorney that is licensed to practice in your state. 

Learn how to exclude people from your Estate Plan here.

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