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What happens if I get divorced after executing my will but I don’t change it?

A situation may occur where you prepared your will while you are married and included an inheritance to your wife, but forgot to change your will after divorcing your spouse. In most states, the law says that the portion of your will which addresses your ex-spouse is void, while the rest of the will is still valid. Thus, the property that would have gone to your ex-spouse becomes part of the estate to be distributed to the other heirs (precisely how that works depends on the specific language of the will).