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Heirs & Beneficiaries Archives

Inheritance issues over 'selfies' and other electronic info

Although some people might not think of items that have little monetary value becoming common sources of probate litigation or other legal headaches following the death of a loved one, many families in the Saint Paul, Minnesota, area may find themselves having to fight over photographs and other information stored on a social networking site or in the internet "cloud."

We can help siblings head off probate disputes

Last week's post on this Minnesota blog discussed how many probate disputes blow up because one sibling, or a small group of siblings, winds up taking care of aging parents while other siblings do not do so. Sometimes, siblings who are not taking care of a parent, and who do not want to use the services of a nursing home, have ulterior motives. They want to conserve an inheritance, even at the expense of their parents' health and well-being.

5 ways to prepare when you think an estate dispute might get ugly

No family is perfect. But money can bring out the worst in people, and dividing up a parent's assets after death is no exception. If you feel there likely is going to be an estate dispute in your family, here are five ways to prepare. 

Number of potential heirs in Prince estate narrowed

The Minnesota judge overseeing the estate of the now deceased rock musician Prince, who himself lived in the Twin Cities, narrowed the number of potential heirs in the Prince estate substantially, dismissing the claims of almost 30 people who said that they were related to the singer. Six heirs to the estate, all half siblings, have already been identified as such.

Assisted suicide bill surfaces in Minnesota

Currently legal in five states, the controversial issue of assisted suicide has been brought to the forefront of Minnesotans' minds as the Compassionate Care Act, which could potentially legalize assisted suicide, was recently heard in the state Senate. The bill would allow patients with a prognosis of less than six months to be prescribed a lethal prescription, ending their life instead of dying through the natural progression of their disease.

Young beneficiary receives large, confusing inheritance

Minnesota residents often work hard during their lifetimes in order to save for their retirements and to hopefully have enough left over when they pass away to give something to their heirs. Depending upon the amount of wealth that decedents have in their estate, their heirs and beneficiaries could stand to receive a lot of money or assets upon their death. While some heirs may be prepared to understand and manage their newly acquired wealth, others may be overwhelmed by the windfall that is bestowed upon them.

Hospitalized billionaire center of estate row

A titan in the media industry that might be known to Minnesotans as a primary stakeholder in television network CBS is now, at least according to a lawsuit filed by his longtime companion, incapable of making medical decisions or himself, or, for that matter, appointing a new person to make those decisions on his behalf.

We can help attorneys-in-fact accused of self-dealing

A recent post on this blog discussed how in Minnesota, an attorney-in-fact cannot, as a rule, engage in so-called "self-dealing," that is, the giving of money or other property to himself or herself. While there are some exceptions to this general rule, an attorney-in-fact who draws from the property of the person whose financial affairs he or she is managing runs the risk of facing a lawsuit or, in the most extreme cases, criminal charges

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