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Probate and Estate Litigation Blog

February 2013 Archives

Minneapolis coin dealer admits to exploiting elderly clients

This blog has reported in the past about the apparent rise in financial exploitation of vulnerable adults in Minnesota by unscrupulous businesses. A recent case involving a Minneapolis coin dealer shows how brazen some of these businesses can be.

Epic trust litigation in estate of supplement company founder

Twin Cities readers may be familiar with the Herbalife company as much for its controversial multilevel marketing operations as for its broad claims of benefits in weight management and personal nutrition. However, to at least one attorney previously involved in trust litigation that has now spanned the course of nearly eight years, the company name may serve only as a reminder of what he once coined "the World War III of probate litigation."

Probate dispute follows lottery winner's suspicious death

The bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of a once lucky businessman may be enough to make some Twin Cities readers reconsider their hopes of winning the lottery. A story that originally made news as a case of good fortune soon turned dark amidst suspicions of murder and, more recently, as an illustration of how a failure to plan ahead can lead to bitter probate disputes.

Will contests against church order lead to free press claims

Twin Cities readers who tuned into a previous discussion about probate litigation involving the Catholic order known as the Legion of Christ may be interested to hear about recent developments in a separate but similar case. The first case involved a will contest initiated by the son of a man who donated more than $1 million in retirement funds to the order. Acting as executor of his father's estate, the son claimed that the order engaged in coercion and exercised undue influence to convince his father to make the sizable donation.

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