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What rights do beneficiaries have?

When a person has been named a beneficiary of a loved one's estate in Minnesota, it is often viewed as a special gift. Most of the time, disbursements of assets to beneficiaries occur without incidence, but sometimes beneficiaries may wonder if they have any rights. Executors of an estate do have certain obligations to its beneficiaries.

Business succession issues and how we can help

There are many families in Minnesota that own their own business. These businesses have been in their family for generations or, maybe, they are a first-generation creation. Regardless, they are special for families and most want the business to remain in the family for many years to come. Most of the time, a business succession plan can accomplish these goals, but, occasionally, there are complications that arise.

An estate with many beneficiaries can be complicated

When a person sets up their estate plan, they usually name beneficiaries. Beneficiaries can be anyone but are usually close family members. However, when a person doesn't have a family to leave their assets to, they can name organizations and friends as beneficiaries. In the case of 'Frasier' dad, John Mahoney, there were dozens of beneficiaries named.

Why would a trustee not make a distribution?

When a family sets up a trust for their children or grandchildren, they include terms for distribution of assets. A trustee is a person who in charge of the trust and the distribution of assets. But, there are times when a trustee does not make a distribution according to the terms of the trust.

What to do if your spouse leaves you out of the will

It can be a shock to learn that your spouse did not include in his or her will. Finding out that you have been left nothing can be quite devastating, especially if your spouse was the main wage earner. If you find yourself in this situation in Minnesota, is there anything you can do?

What are omitted children in Minnesota wills?

Most Minnesota residents understand that when they die, their property is passed to individuals related to them who are called heirs. These individuals can take the property of the deceased individual either based on a statute the state has set up to govern such cases, a process called intestacy, or based upon a last will and testament that has been written by the deceased according to some formal procedures.

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