What if I die without a will?

If you die without a will (formally called a last will and testament), Minnesota law determines who receives all or a portion of your estate. Though there are exceptions in the law, the balance of your estate would usually go to your spouse, if your spouse is still alive. If your spouse predeceased you or you were not married, the balance of your estate would go to any children.

Generally, if you are not survived by a spouse or children, Minnesota law would distribute the balance of your estate to your parents, siblings, or cousins, though it depends upon who among your legal heirs are still alive at the time of your death. If you have no surviving family and die without a will, the balance from your estate would usually be paid to the State of Minnesota.