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Step-Children and Inheritance Rights

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Step-Children and Inheritance Rights

May 14, 2023

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Step-Children and Inheritance Rights

May 14, 2023

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Blended families are increasingly common, navigating complex dynamics in estate planning, especially regarding step-children’s inheritance rights. At Johnson/Turner, we recognize these challenges and offer expert guidance to ensure your estate planning reflects your wishes accurately and compassionately.

Navigating Minnesota’s Intestate Succession Laws

In Minnesota, if a step-parent passes away without a will, the state’s intestate succession laws come into play. These laws typically allocate the deceased’s assets to the surviving spouse and biological children, leaving step-children without automatic inheritance rights. However, this is where Johnson/Turner’s expertise becomes invaluable.

Empowering Step-Parents in Estate Planning

Step-parents have the freedom to create estate plans that include step-children, a process we facilitate with precision and empathy. Whether it’s drafting wills or establishing trusts, our attorneys ensure your estate plan aligns with your unique family structure. We understand the nuances of terms like “descendants” and “heirs” and meticulously craft your documents to avoid potential ambiguities or disputes.

Addressing Omissions and Specific Provisions

Our experienced team is adept at identifying and addressing specific provisions in the law, particularly concerning the accidental omission of biological children. We provide clear guidance to ensure your estate plan is comprehensive and leaves no room for misunderstandings.

Customized Solutions for Your Blended Family

Johnson/Turner champions tailored solutions. We understand that each family’s needs are unique, especially in blended family scenarios. Our approach is not just about legal expertise; it’s about understanding and respecting the dynamics of your family.

Your Advocate in Estate Planning

We stand by your side, not just as legal experts but as advocates who understand the emotional and practical aspects of estate planning. Our aim is to make this process as straightforward and stress-free as possible. We navigate the complexities of the law, so you can focus on what matters most – your family.

Accessible and Transparent Legal Assistance

At Johnson/Turner, we pride ourselves on accessibility and transparency. We’re always a call away to discuss your estate planning needs, ensuring you feel supported and informed every step of the way.

Your Partner in Estate Planning

In a world where estate planning can seem daunting, especially in blended families, Johnson/Turner is your trusted partner. We offer not just legal services, but a commitment to understanding and fulfilling your unique family needs. Contact us today to ensure your estate plan reflects your wishes and provides peace of mind for every member of your family.


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