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Is your family involved in a trust dispute?

A family trust is put in place to protect a family's assets and pass along these resources to future generations. But, occasionally these trusts run into family disputes in Minnesota. Trust disputes can be stressful for families and can lead to families suffering long-term consequences.

What are things that can be disputed in a trust?

Many Minnesota residents know how complicated estate matters can get. Not all families have estate plans that are fool proof, and often estate disputes emerge that were not expected. Many times, a person or a group of people will find fault with an aspect of a person's estate plan after they die. A trust dispute is one common occurrence.

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.

Minnesota firm helping handle with trust disputes

The estate planning process is not unknown to many residents in Minnesota. In fact, several residents have taken the time to draft numerous vital documents for an estate plan. While these documents serve vital roles if an individual becomes incapacitated or dies, if they are not properly drafted, they could result in disputes. Individuals should understand all aspects of this area of the law, including the trust administration process, so they can determine ways to avoid probate and potential litigation, and ease the process for their heirs to claim an inheritance.

4 common legal grounds for contesting wills

Wills are legal documents intended to dictate how someone wishes to distribute their assets after he or she passes on, but for various reasons, family members of the deceased sometimes have reason to contest a will's contents. The process has obvious complications, with perhaps the most obvious being that the author of the will is no longer available to answer questions about why certain assets were allocated certain ways. This can cause considerable strife within a family, and this is particularly true when one family member receives more than another for reasons that aren't immediate apparent. If you are trying to legally contest a will, you may find it useful to understand the following four commonly cited reasons for doing so.

We fight exploitation of the elderly

Although no one wants to think it happens, many elderly people in Minnesota, even in the Saint Paul area, are exploited by people in their lives who want to take their money. Sometimes, the perpetrator can be a stranger or a newcomer in to the elderly person's life. At other times, the perpetrator is a trusted loved one, even a family member.

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