Blended Families Are Quite Common
It's very common to see blended families here in Minnesota today. When I say blended family, I mean a family with children from different relationships. Because there are so many blended families, people should know that estate planning for these families requires special measures.
A Minnesota Family Faces Probate
Let me tell you about a Minnesota family. A woman we will call Patty is 55 years old woman and lives in Stillwater. She married Peter about twenty years ago and lived happily with him until he passed away from cancer last winter. While she cared very deeply for Peter, Elyse, his daughter from a previous marriage, was a constant headache. Elyse always seemed to be causing problems and getting into trouble while she lived in the house.
Now that Peter has passed away, her stepdaughter Elyse is saying that she is entitled to Peter's assets. Patty is scared and confused about the situation. Peter never said anything about Elyse getting his estate, but Patty doesn't know where to go to ask for help. In fact, last week Elyse and her boyfriend drove off with Peter's truck and boat.