Not completely, unless you and your spouse have waived the right to be included in the other’s estate in an agreement. Each state has laws that shield a surviving spouse from being completely cut off.

In most states, the surviving spouse can choose between the property left in the deceased spouse’s will or a share set by state law, usually one-third or one-half of the estate.

See also…

Family Law, Divorce, Custody

Real Estate and Property Law