There are occasions when a person making a will may wish to exclude a child or a spouse from sharing in their estate. This must be approached with caution and legal advice should be obtained. Generally, the law requires that you give consideration to the circumstances of your dependents and provide for them in your will. If you exclude a dependent, you must have a good reason to do so and you should bear in mind that your child or spouse may make a court application to seek to be included in the distribution of your estate.