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Probate and Estate Litigation Blog

January 2016 Archives

How does estate valuation change based on a lawsuit?

The last several posts on this blog have discussed possible legal issues that arise when a creditor attempts to assert a claim against a Minnesota estate. Depending on the size of the estate, a creditor's claim can have a huge impact on how much of an inheritance surviving family members ultimately receive, as creditors are generally first in line to get paid.

Will contests: Understanding the basics

When men and women become concerned about how the people they love in life will be cared for and how the assets they have cultivated in life will be distributed after their death, they may execute a will. A will may be carefully drawn up in an attorney's office or scribbled on the back of a napkin. And although the individual who has created the will may intend for the document to have a completely binding legal effect, the individual's loved ones may find themselves disputing its creation, contents or practical consequences in the wake of the individual's death.

How does the value of a lawsuit affect probate issues?

The last several posts on this blog have discussed probate litigation issues that can arise when a creditor attempts to assert a claim against a Minnesota estate. Depending on the size of the estate, a creditor's claim can have a huge impact on how much of an inheritance that the deceased person's heirsultimately receive, as creditors are generally first in line to get paid.

Helping families resolve estate legal disputes with creditors

As last week's post on this blog discussed, sometimes time-consuming and costly probate litigation is not caused by internal strife among Minnesota families. Instead, the legal disputes involve an aggressive creditor who claims that the person who died owed the creditor money.

Creditors' claims against an estate

Although this blog has discussed probate disputes between family members extensively, Saint Paul residents also need to realize that sometimes, probate litigation can emerge from outside of the family itself. For example, third party creditors can allege that the person who died owed money to the third party, and then try to take that money out of the proceeds of the estate.

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