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Estate Valuation Archives

Creditors' claims against an estate

Although this blog has discussed probate disputes between family members extensively, Saint Paul residents also need to realize that sometimes, probate litigation can emerge from outside of the family itself. For example, third party creditors can allege that the person who died owed money to the third party, and then try to take that money out of the proceeds of the estate.

Getting the right value on a unique piece of property

Last week's post on this blog discussed how Saint Paul, Minnesota, residents may have to place a value on personal property in order to resolve a probate dispute or trust dispute over the value of an estate. Although some personal property, like bank accounts or publically-traded stock, might be pretty easy to value, "personal property" includes a lot of different types of assets, some of which can be very unique.

Overview of how to value personal property

A recent post on this blog discussed how those involved in probate disputes can accurately place a value on a home or other piece of real estate. However, in addition to the family home or farm, most Minnesota estates that wind up in probate will also contain personal property that will need to be valued accurately, particularly if the estate is the subject of a conflict.

How does one value a family home?

One of the most common and most valuable items that Minnesota residents usually find in a probate estate or a trust is a family residence or similar piece of real estate. Sometimes, these homes are relatively modest and pretty easy to put a value on by asking a realtor for a market analysis or even just selling the property to keep all parties happy.

For determining value of estate, what is control stock?

The last several posts on this blog have discussed the valuation of stock or other types of interest in a business within the context of probate litigation. Although valuing an interest in a business is simple enough for stocks that are traded on the open market, it can be very difficult to value a family-owned business or farm.

Prepare for the financial costs of estate administration

When Minnesota residents find themselves managing the estates of their deceased relatives and relations they can run into many obstacles. One issue that estate administrators often encounter is how to value the assets and liabilities that the estates possess. An improperly valued estate can result in financial costs to the estate and ultimately to the beneficiaries who should receive disbursements.

Elderly can be targets of scams that lead to trust disputes

Many Minnesota residents who are aging may turn to a financial advisor for help with managing their retirement portfolio. Most of these people are reputable who only have the best interests of their Minnesota clients in heart. Some, however, are less than scrupulous and may take advantage of senior citizens by selling them financial trust plans that could serve only to drain a person's bank accounts.

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