Strait v. Kennedy
In Strait v. Kennedy, 103 Wn. App. 626, 13 P.3d 671 (Wash. Ct. App. 2000), the decedent hired an attorney to represent her in her divorce. Id. at 672.
However, her divorce was delayed over two years and not finalized before she died unexpectedly in an automobile accident.
Since she was still married at the time of her death, her husband was entitled to his intestate share of the decedent's estate, thereby reducing the daughters' portions of the estate.
The court applied the modified balancing factors test and concluded the daughters were not the intended beneficiaries of the divorce.