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24 September 2014

My "Now Wife" Doesn't Mean There Were Two

If a male relative uses the phrase "my now wife" in his will, it does not necessarily mean that he was married more than once. A will may indicate that property is only to go to the wife at time the will was written. Frequently the phrase is used so that if for some reason the will signer's current wife dies and he marries again, the subsequent wife does not inherit the property in question.

Often this is done to guarantee the property goes to the first wife or the children the testator has with her instead of a second wife and her children (who may not be children of the testator).

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