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Probate and Estate Litigation Blog

October 2015 Archives

Benson trust dispute heading to mediation

As many of our Saint Paul readers know, this blog has followed the ongoing trust litigation between the owner of a professional football team and successful businessman, Tom Benson, and his estranged daughter. Now, it appears that the family will try to air out and resolve their differences through the mediation process.

Other forms of Minnesota dispute resolution

Last week's post talked about how a mediation would work should family members or friends find themselves facing a legal dispute about a loved one's estate. For the right types of probate disputes, mediation can be a cost-effective way of resolving a legal problem quickly and putting a family on the road to reconciliation.

How does a mediation work?

In at least one prior post, this blog has mentioned that in some cases, it may be advantageous for a Saint Paul, Minnesota, resident who is facing a will conflict or other court battle over a probate matter to try to use medication as a way of resolving the case. In the right types of case, mediation can get a dispute solved without a person having to devote a lot of time and expense to protracted and stressful litigation.

We can help attorneys-in-fact accused of self-dealing

A recent post on this blog discussed how in Minnesota, an attorney-in-fact cannot, as a rule, engage in so-called "self-dealing," that is, the giving of money or other property to himself or herself. While there are some exceptions to this general rule, an attorney-in-fact who draws from the property of the person whose financial affairs he or she is managing runs the risk of facing a lawsuit or, in the most extreme cases, criminal charges

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