What Family Members Can Be Disinherited in Minnesota?

Minnesota estate planning attorney Karen Schlotthauer explains how someone can do estate planning to exclude certain family members from inheritance.

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In Minnesota, you can’t disinherit your spouse. There’s special laws that protect a spouse. Now, there’s some planning you can do. You can enter into what’s called a prenuptial agreement before you get married where you say, “Hey, I know I have rights under state law in the event of your death, but I’m gonna give up those rights or we’re gonna alter those rights so that I might not get everything I otherwise could under state law.” If you’re already married and you want to implement something like that, it’s called a postnuptial agreement.

You can absolutely disinherit a child. No one’s entitled to an inheritance. You can also make disproportionate distributions between children.