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By Pete Radosevich
Harrys Gang 

Get a will; here's the why


May 31, 2019

Not everyone needs a will. But everyone should consider having one anyway.

In Minnesota, if you pass away without a will, the law takes over: everything you own will pass to your heirs. If you have children, it goes to them. If you don’t have children, it passes to your parents if they are still around, or to your siblings. No siblings? The law of intestate succession continues down the family tree, so cousins, second cousins and so on inherit. Eventually, if there are no relatives, the state keeps it.

Notice that I never mentioned spouses. Most people think that if you die without a will...

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