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May 2015 Archives

How attorneys can help when "competency" is at issue

Last week's post discussed how a Minnesota resident can, even if not able to handle his or her day-to-day affairs, can still be considered legally "competent" to write or revise a will. The implications of this are significant. In effect, a person may not have the ability to make a personal or business decision involving a few dollars but may be perfectly able to wipe a person's hope of a large inheritance.

Guardianships: how 'incapacity' relates to 'competency'

Last week's post discussed how a person who wishes to write a will in Minnesota must have the "competency" to do so. The post also explained that showing "competency" to write a will is fairly easy. All a Minnesota resident need be able to do is show that he or she has the ability to know that general value of his or her property and to whom or he or she might wish to give it.

What makes a person 'competent' to write a valid will?

Last week's post discussed how a family is trying to have the business decisions of an NFL owner in another state declared invalid because the owner was not "competent" to make them. Albeit a slightly differently set of facts, this story could make some residents of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and particularly those who read this blog, ask themselves what exactly makes a person "competent" to prepare a valid will that disposes of the person's property upon death.

NFL owner's records to be sealed in ongoing inheritance dispute

Because it is story that has attracted national attention in the world of sports and was even reported on this blog a few weeks ago, many residents of Saint Paul, Minnesota, may be aware of the ongoing dispute between an NFL owner in another state and some of his family members.

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