Thomas Proehl and James Morrison were married in San Francisco in 2008. Thomas died suddenly in 2011. He did not have a will. He did have a bank account, in his name only, that contained the proceeds from the sale of the couple's home in California. The men intended to put James' name on the account, but never got around to it.
Tom Proehl also planned to name his spouse, Jim, as the beneficiary of his life insurance. But, he didn't get it done before his death.
Without a will, Tom's estate became a probate asset. Under Minnesota law, Jim is not recognized as a legal descendant. He has no rights to inherit under Minnesota law.