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If a parent desires to disinherit an adult child many states require that the child be specifically mentioned in the will. Otherwise the court will rule that the testator forgot to mention that child (which sometimes happens) and provide them with the share they would have received it there was no will.

This is one reason a will should always be drafted by an attorney who specializes in probate law in your jurisdiction. That way the will will meet the requirements for a valid will and will not be vulnerable to challenges.

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