Minnesota residents may have heard of Phyllis Schlafly, who rose to prominence over 50 years by fighting on behalf of very conservative causes. Her family members are now embroiled in a legal fight that began with politics and spilled into their inheritances.
Because the testator, or the person who authors a will, is no longer around to voice his or her thoughts or explain his or her decisions regarding who is given what, situations may arise that lead you to question a will and its contents. You cannot, however, contest a will simply because you are displeased with the way assets are allocated, but there are a number of valid grounds you may be able to use to do so. For example, you may be able to dispute a will in the following circumstances.
There are many misperceptions surrounding trusts and trust administration. For Minnesota residents, these may lead to difficulties and even later trust litigation.
The death of a beloved family member may bring a sense of loss and sadness for family members. Unfortunately, without serious planning and consideration during the drafting of the will, this may evolve into rancor and proceedings in Minnesota courts in disputes over inheritances.
Court battles over a frozen food magnate's estate that spanned from Minnesota to Florida over a period of 5 years and cost millions of dollars may be at an end. Heirs and beneficiaries fighting over Jeno and Lois Paulucci's estate may have reached a potential settlement that could end this litigation.
Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. Individuals who have a loved one who is no longer able to take care of themselves may feel that things are out of their control. If this occurs, Minnesota families may need to take legal action in the form of probate litigation to become a guardian of their elderly loved one, which could give them back their sense of control.