Minnesota basketball fans, and particularly those who follow this blog regularly, are probably aware of the ongoing court battle over the sale of a major professional basketball team in another state. The sale not only has attracted national attention because parts of the story have racial overtones but also has raised several interesting issues about probate law.
When actor James Gandolfini died from a heart attack last month at the age of 51, many of his fans in Minnesota were stunned. As it turns out, the star of "The Sopranos" had planned for the possibility that something like this could happen.
Minnesota residents may have been following the recent reports of the poor health of the famous former South African President Nelson Mandela. As of this writing, Mandela, 94, was hospitalized with a lung infection. As he lay in a hospital bed, some of his family members were already embroiled in a messy legal battle over his legacy.