For our regular Minnesota readers, last week's post may have raised a question in their minds as to whether they may have elderly loved ones who have been subject to some form of financial scam. In addition to scams involving unnecessary living trusts, elderly Minnesotans can be subject to all kinds of ruses that can leave them in a bad financial state at the end of their lives. This bad financial state in turn means that they have very little to pass on to their loved ones, even if doing so was always their intent.
Minnesotans who have been through a contested probate case or other inheritance dispute know that such controversies can take an enormous emotional and financial toll on families. While some of these probate fights may be unavoidable, there are things that Minnesotans can do to prevent some probate controversies.
The famous singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, a friend of the late Martin Luther King Jr. and his family, has sued the estate of the Reverend King after the estate supposedly prevented Belafonte from selling off some historic artifacts that once belonged to King.