If you don’t do so, then only your blood relatives or adopted children will inherit.
Without a Will (and assuming that you have no surviving spouse), your children inherit in equal shares under Minnesota law. No provision is provided for step-children.
Deaths create highly emotional situations for the loved ones left behind. How you treat your children and step-children in your Will or Trust may be how they view your love – or lack of love – for them. Particularly in situations where you’ve raised your step-children from a young age, specifically including them in a Will or Trust will enable them to receive part of your estate.
When your step-children come into your life as adults rather than as minors, their expectations regarding an inheritance from you may be different.
An estate planning lawyer can help you sort through your options for dealing with step-children when you prepare your Will or Trust.
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