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Family and widow of late boxer in international probate dispute

Minnesotans probably know that preventing probate litigation is often a meticulous matter involving careful thought about one's assets and their distribution. That may be especially true when a will involves a great many assets. With these issues in mind, readers in the Twin Cities may be interested to hear of a will contest involving parties from across national borders. What makes the case complex are the apparently conflicting end-of-life wishes expressed by a late boxer from Brazil. Now the boxer's young widow is in a probate dispute with his family, who allege that the young woman had schemed all along to acquire the boxers' wealth.Arturo Gatti was a well-known Brazilian boxer who passed away in 2009. Three years earlier in New Jersey, Gatti met a young woman 14 years his junior and fell in love with her. Soon they were married, and they had a child shortly afterward. Terrible as it may seem, members of the Gatti's family have alleged that his wife murdered him while they were on vacation in Brazil.

Symphonies playing different tunes over will litigation

Minnesota residents who are preparing their wills should take heed of a recent case out of New Jersey. The case speaks to the need for proper will administration, as a lack of attention to detail can leave heirs squabbling.The litigation involves the will administration of an Austrian-born researcher. In his will, he left most of his estate, a sum estimated at $700,000, to an "Israeli Symphony Orchestra." Oddly, though, the executor of his estate cannot find any orchestra in Israel with that name.

Questions over laws regarding undue influence

In the administration of an estate in Minnesota, myriad factors may come into play. Included are not only the disposition of property, but also issues such as a potential will contest based on allegations of undue influence. Currently, the burden of proving undue influence is on those making the allegation, but there are some who wish to change this aspect of the law.

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