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Probate and Estate Litigation Blog

February 2017 Archives

Assistance in navigating the inheritance process

When a loved one dies, such as a parent or grandparent, it can be a stressful situation for many Minnesota families. Dealing with the grief of losing someone and the details that surround the death, including a funeral, life insurance benefits, death certificates, and other important paperwork. But sometimes families can disagree when it comes to the inheritances that are being passed down. This is where our firm can be helpful in resolving complex disputes.

How to challenge a will

It is not uncommon for people in St. Paul to feel blindsided by the wills of their deceased relatives and loved ones. There are many reasons why you may take issue with your inheritance. If you are receiving an inheritance that doesn't seem right or you do not agree with an inheritance someone else is receiving, you should learn how to contest a will. This can help you to avoid unnecessary distress and conflict with your relatives.

What is the duty of an estate conservator?

There are many reasons why an estate may need a conservator. A conservator has a very important role to play in the life of a vulnerable person, so it is important for Minnesota residents to know what their duties are. This is especially important because probate litigation may be necessary if a conservator is found to not be doing their job.

Estate of Bobby Vee in dispute

Minnesota is home to many interesting celebrities and is known for its great musical talent. One of those musical talents, Bobby Vee, died this past October. It was recently learned that his children are now battling over his estate. Trust administration is important in making sure an estate is handled as the owner intends, which is why it is at the heart of this case.

Understanding probate mediation and its benefits

When a loved one passes away, the property and assets left behind are distributed per the directions in the will or living trust. If the instructions were listed in the former or if no such document exists, the estate may be subject to probate court. This type of court oversees the appointment of administrators as well as the eventual distribution of the estate, and litigation can land you in court, too. Probate mediation offers an alternative that may be beneficial to you and your family.

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