Are you going to die without a will? Does it matter? Will it matter once we check into Heaven?
Likely, the person at the pearly gate will not care whether we have a will. But, our children will.
Failing to plan means your affairs will be left to the government.
I believe every person should reduce guessing and stress by deciding to die with a will.
What happens in Minnesota if we die without a will?
If a person dies without a will, their family is stuck with Minnesota’s probate plan. Minnesota’s plan is called intestacy. This means which Minnesota law will determine who receives all or a portion of the estate. More significantly, Minnesota’s guardian laws will determine who becomes the next parent to our children.
Also, a Creditor can take control of the assets before a loved one…even before our own spouse.
Like you, I am not ready to die. But, just in case I get hit by a bus – there is a plan in place to help loved ones (spouse, children, grandchildren and pets). Thus, the laws that apply will play a significant role.
What laws apply when we die without a will?
In Minnesota, a family trying to manage an estate for a person who died without a will be forced to utilize Minnesota’s uniform probate code. The probate laws and rules determine whether our affairs get decided through an informal or formal process.
First step after a person dies
In every case, the firs step is always the same: what about the spouse and children. When we put a plan in place, the guessing and time commitment can get eliminated or reduced to a minimal process.
The next step after a person dies
Before you die without a will
I get it – this is a difficult thing to think about. Luckily, we have a choice before things get worse or impossible to manage.