Oklahoma City, OK asked in Estate Planning for Oklahoma

Q: Does the fact that a death is a suicide affect the terms of that person's will?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Richard Winblad

  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Edmond, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: I don't see how unless the will was written at time that the person was of unsound mind.

Reece B. Morrel Jr

  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: First of all, I am sorry to hear about your loss.

The only situation that I am aware of involved a murder-suicide.

Spouse #1 killed Spouse #2. Spouse #1 then committed suicide.

Spouse #1 cannot inherit from Spouse #2 since they were the cause of death.

For this and other reasons, the heirs of Spouse #1 did not challenge us during the probate of Spouse #2.

But if the suicide only involved 1 person, generally no.

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