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If the father has never signed any acknowledgment of paternity, and was never married to the mother, then paternity would need to be established before the laws of intestate succession would apply. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=257.55 The laws re: establishment of paternity are subject to change and often aren't "grandfathered" in, so it is not preferable to rely on such statutes. Rather, an effective estate plan can ensure that only the intended people inherit. Under the state intestacy laws, any property that is not addressed in a will or trust (or by other means such as joint tenancy with right of survivorship) would go via the laws of intestate succession (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=524.2-101), meaning that it typically goes to the surviving spouse, then to the surviving descendants, and then back up to the parents/siblings of the decedent. This can be avoided in many ways- either by a will, a trust, or naming pay on death beneficiaries for financial accounts, naming beneficiaries for life insurance policies, and other such means. The will can include a residuary clause where a beneficiary is named that will take all property that is not specifically addressed in the will-that helps avoid property passing via intestate succession.
Information on wills here: https://www.ag.state.mn.us/Consumer/Handbooks/Probate/Probate_1.asp
Some sample estate planning forms here: http://mn.gov/lawlib/elderforms.html
Heirship table here: https://www.ag.state.mn.us/PDF/Consumer/TableofHeirship.pdf
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