Q: Does the fact that a death is a suicide affect the terms of that person's will?
A: I don't see how unless the will was written at time that the person was of unsound mind.
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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