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Probate and Estate Litigation Blog

May 2014 Archives

Longest running probate contest in the country?

Some Minnesota residents may have had the misfortune to be involved in an extended probate dispute. Probate administration can oftentimes involve prolonged and painful litigation. However, most resident experiences may well pale in comparison to a probate battle that has waged since at least the early 1980s.

Heirs of Walt Disney in extraordinarily ugly trust dispute

Minnesota residents can attest that a family trust can be a good way to ensure a legacy for generations to come. However, a trust can be very difficult to break and trustees can be difficult to remove. When beneficiaries accuse a trustee of self-dealing, failure to pay disbursements or other wrongdoing, the disputes can be intense and very difficult for families.

Woman bilked of inheritance gets justice before she dies

When an elderly Minnesotan starts to face the typical physical problems associated with aging, they will probably first turn to close relatives for assistance. However, when there are no close relatives to help, sometimes people instead have to rely on banks, other lawyers and private individuals to serve as their guardian and protect their assets.

Do-it-yourself estate planning can lead to serious issues

When "do-it-yourself" is an option, it can be hard to resist the temptation of bypassing outside assistance. While this method can indeed be great for some tasks, it can also pose an issue when applied to more complex situations. In the age of quick and easy do-it-yourself estate planning, details can get lost in the shuffle, causing expensive problems down the road.

Woman who was in will allegedly did not get inheritance

Our readers who live in Minnesota have probably noticed that the stories on this blog about probate disputes oftentimes paint a picture of people disagreeing over the minutiae of a large estate. The legal and factual details of such stories can be quite complicated.

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