Comedian apparently had severed all ties with first wife and their children.
As some of the details from the will of legendary comedian Jerry Lewis are released, it is learned that he cut all of his sons out of it, according to the Los Angeles Times in "Jerry Lewis excludes his sons from his will."
He had six sons with his first wife whom he married in 1944 and divorced in 1980. He married a second wife in 1983 and eventually adopted a newborn daughter with her.
Lewis did not give any specific reasons why he disinherited his sons.
It is not known whether the sons will contest the will. However, because Lewis left them nothing and a no-contest clause was not included, then a challenge to the will is not a risk to them.
That could turn out to be a mistake, since even losing will contests can end up costing estates a lot of time and money.
If you would like to exclude any children of yours from your estate plan, then it is important that you do so properly.
An estate planning attorney can advise you on creating an estate plan that fits your unique circumstances, which could include avoiding costly legal challenges.
Reference: Los Angeles Times (Sep. 22, 2017) "Jerry Lewis excludes his sons from his will."