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December 2012 Archives

Settlement ends contest over will of builder of Minnesota malls

A judge recently approved a settlement in a three year long dispute over the estate of the man behind the development of shopping malls throughout the Midwest, including St. Paul and other parts of Minnesota. Melvin Simon, who founded the Simon Property Group, died at age 82 in 2009. Since his death, the mall developer's estate has been at the center of a bitter will contest involving his daughter, her stepmother and the estate's court appointed trustee.

Executor claims that doctors fleeced aging heiress

The executor of the estate of a wealthy heiress has recently raised claims that may have some Twin Cities residents taking a second look at the relationship between vulnerable loved ones and their doctors. The executor claims that doctors seized upon the elderly heiress' fondness for a particular hospital as an opportunity to exercise coercion and bilk millions of dollars out of her estate.

Proposed law aims to protect vulnerable Minnesotans

Twin Cities readers may be interested to learn that two state lawmakers have recently proposed legislation that would impose more rigorous background check requirements for individuals seeking court appointments to serve as guardians or conservators. Minnesota's Attorney General supports the measure aimed at reducing the risk of financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Family loans can make trouble for Minnesota estates

Odds are that more than one of our Twin Cities readers has a sibling who borrowed heavily from mom and dad. In most cases, children borrow from parents for legitimate purposes such as financing a home or paying for unexpected expenses like medical care. In some cases, though, kids borrow from parents for all the wrong reasons. When a debt to parents remains unpaid at death, the outstanding obligation can become the source of an ugly probate dispute.

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