When Are Letters Testamentary Required?

March 13, 2020

With any legal proceeding, there are procedural steps which must be properly observed.  Probate is no exception to this.  When you are wading into a probate case following the death of your family member or loved one, you may have important questions about when certain steps need to be taken and how to move forward.  […]

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What Happens When the Personal Representative Refuses to Serve?

March 11, 2020

If your friend or loved one has recently passed away, you are no doubt all too familiar with the procedural steps that need to be taken.  In addition to processing your own loss and grief, you may be involved in the probate case.  Probate is the process by which the estate’s debts are accounted for, […]

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Out-of-State Personal Representative

March 10, 2020

Probate cases have a special role for many different types of people.  In addition to the judge and the attorneys, the beneficiaries, the creditors, potential heirs, and sometimes even expert witnesses will all have a part to play in the proceedings.  One key person in Minnesota probate cases is the personal representative.  Also sometimes known […]

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Basic Personal Representative Responsibilities

November 7, 2019

When your friend or family member passes away, there are many things that you and the others close to the deceased will need to handle.  This includes such tasks as notifying the other friends and family members and introducing the estate into probate.  Whether probate is done formally or informally, there will need to be […]

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Can I Sue a Personal Representative for Mismanaging Probate?

November 4, 2019

Bringing the estate of a family member or close friend to probate is an important step in tying up all the necessary loose ends after your loved one has passed away.  During probate, a personal representative will be appointed.  That personal representative will have many duties, including assessing the debts of the estate, gathering the […]

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How to Be Appointed as a Personal Representative

October 24, 2019

Dealing with the death of a family member or loved one is a difficult time.  While you are working through your grief, you are also likely thinking of the administrative steps that need to be taken.  One of the important administrative steps involves the estate going through probate.  During probate, a personal representative will need […]

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Removing a Personal Representative

September 2, 2019

Following the death of a family member or loved one, you will have to manage your grief and complicated emotions.  There are also procedural and property issues to deal with, and if the deceased had minor children, things can get even more complicated.  The personal representative is the person appointed during the probate case to […]

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Deciding Whether to Serve as Personal Representative

May 3, 2019

When your friend or loved one passes away, you may loon soon thereafter that you have been designated in his or her will to serve as the personal representative.  The personal representative (also commonly referred to as the “executor”) is the person responsible for making sure to gather the assets of the estate, notify the […]

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Can a Personal Representative Refuse to Distribute According to the Will

May 2, 2019

The time immediately following the death of your family member or loved one is a time that is fraught with emotion.  You will be going through an emotional time and will need to grieve, which can take many forms and take a long time.  The grieving process can be further complicated by having to participate […]

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Can the Trustee Refuse to Distribute the Assets in the Trust?

February 19, 2019

Trusts are a common and very useful instrument for estate planning.  There are a myriad of different types of trusts, and each different type can be used to suit the particular needs and goals of the individual case.  All trusts do have some qualities in common, however.  All trusts will have a trustee, who is […]

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