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Barb,

I'm not affiliated with LegalZoom, nor am I a lawyer, but when I read your question I felt I had to reply (I certainly hope the LegalZoom people have already responded to you). My Dad intentionally left my sister's name off his will (his good friend and respected local attorney drew it up for him) because she'd asked for, and received, her "share" of the estate early (long story...). Dad diligently changed his will (his attorney screwed up) and updated his beneficiaries on his accounts (school teacher...not much money to worry about!). When he passed (just months after paying her "off"), she threatened to sue the estate because her name wasn't mentioned in the will (she's a lawyer, too...no, really, she is). She wanted her share of the estate, again, and said she'd take us to court because since Dad had not mentioned her in the will, then he was certainly not of sound mind and the will should be thrown out. (Dad was as sharp as a tack.) It was a mess for a while, but fortunately the attorney for the estate was very sharp, and also knew my Dad (not the idiot attorney who wrote his will and left her name off). Our attorney agreed, to us, that by not acknowledging her in the will, it did if fact open the will to questions. He finally told her to bring on any legal action, because he'd circle the court house block with witnesses that would attest to Dad's mental state. She went away. Sorry for the long story, but Dad never intended for us to have a problem with his will, and did everything he could to take care of his estate. His lawyer made a potentially huge mistake, and cost us a few thousand extra dollars. I suggest you get a legal opinion, but I sure can't see where it would negatively impact your will by mentioning your son, and, in my experience, it sure would have saved us lots of problems. By the way, our experience took place in Texas. Best wishes to you...John

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