Author David Silver teaches The Legal Environment of Business in ECU's Department of Finance. Dave is also a Partner with The Graham.Nuckolls.Conner Law Firm in Greenville, specializing in Elder Law
The most common estate plan that I create in my NC law practice leaves everything to spouse if spouse is then living, otherwise everything to kids. However, I occasionally have clients who don't want everything or anything to go to their spouses. This is particularly common when there is marital discord, blended families after a second marriage, or one spouse is suffering from health issues. We can draft a Will to say anything, but what rights does a disinherited surviving spouse have against their deceased spouse's estate?