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Additional advice to avoid will contests and other disputes

Every so often, this blog has offered advice on how Minnesota residents can avoid a situation in which their loved ones and family members get involved a heated probate dispute between themselves. While many of these tips have focused on how people draft a will or trust, there are things that Minnesotans can do beyond the actual drafting of a will that can help prevent a nasty and expensive will contest.

Homemade wills can lead to probate litigation

Many Minnesotans may have seen or heard about kits that walk a person through the drafting of a will. While it is certainly one's personal choice whether or not to use these sorts of products, the resident of Saint Paul should be aware of the fact that homemade wills, even if the they save money upfront, can cause expensive will litigation down the road.

Will of former big city mayor's mom in dispute

Before any of this blog's Minnesota readers get the impression that probate litigation only happens when there is a lot of money at stake, they should be aware of the unfolding story of the probate fight involving the will of the mother of a big city mayor. The mayor and his seven siblings are currently wrangling over the details of their late mother's estate.

How attorneys can help when "competency" is at issue

Last week's post discussed how a Minnesota resident can, even if not able to handle his or her day-to-day affairs, can still be considered legally "competent" to write or revise a will. The implications of this are significant. In effect, a person may not have the ability to make a personal or business decision involving a few dollars but may be perfectly able to wipe a person's hope of a large inheritance.

What makes a person 'competent' to write a valid will?

Last week's post discussed how a family is trying to have the business decisions of an NFL owner in another state declared invalid because the owner was not "competent" to make them. Albeit a slightly differently set of facts, this story could make some residents of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and particularly those who read this blog, ask themselves what exactly makes a person "competent" to prepare a valid will that disposes of the person's property upon death.

NFL owner's records to be sealed in ongoing inheritance dispute

Because it is story that has attracted national attention in the world of sports and was even reported on this blog a few weeks ago, many residents of Saint Paul, Minnesota, may be aware of the ongoing dispute between an NFL owner in another state and some of his family members.

How corporate shares of stock play out in probate litigation

Last week's post discussed a recent case in which the outcome of a significant probate dispute will depend on who owns one share of stock in a multimillion dollar company. The post raises important questions as to how stock shares and other similar property gets distributed upon a person's death, and how this process could play in to probate litigation.

Our office can help you outsmart a crook

Last week's post discussed how a Minnesotan who has been wrongfully cut out of a will can challenge the document even if the will seems on the face to be legally and properly signed. While the post mentioned legal ways by which a person can challenge a will, the post also correctly implied that will contests of this nature can be very difficult to prove.

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