In a will, can a family member be disinherited with just a phrase? 6 Answers as of August 31, 2015

Is this phrase valid against a court challenge? Otherwise, how can a person be disinherited in a will?

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Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
What phrase?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2015
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
You do not tell us what the phrase is. A family member can be disinherited simply by not being mentioned in the Will, but many people put in a phrase stating that "Bobbie Jones will get nothing." It is safer to also mention why the person gets nothing.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2015
Patrick W. Currin, Attorney at Law | Patrick Currin
That would be a yes.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/31/2015
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James Law Group | Christine James
Depending on the phrase, yes.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2015
Law Office Of Victor Waid
Law Office Of Victor Waid | Victor Waid
Yes by specifically naming that person, they are not being left anything of the deceased's assets. Yes, it can be challenged but the burden of proof is on you and is very heavy.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2015
    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    Yes, a family member can be disinherited in a will. It is usually a sentence or two and may or may not explain why the person is being disinherited. Whether it stands up to a challenge in court depends on a great number of factors, including the why and the how as well as whether the testator was coerced somehow.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/13/2015
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