November 16, 2018

Estate plans can include a variety of documents and instruments, depending on the particular needs of the estate and the person wanting the plan.  Regardless of the complexity or simplicity of the estate, however, a last will and testament should be part of every estate plan.  Your will allows you to direct how your assets […]

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Why You Need an Experienced Probate Attorney

November 14, 2018

Being named as the personal representative in the will of your friend or family member is a high compliment, as the person has determined that you are resourceful and trustworthy enough to properly administer his or her estate after his or her death.  There are many resources available online and at local libraries discussing who […]

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Basic Probate Process Walkthrough

November 13, 2018

The end of life for your friend or family member is an emotionally difficult time.  The grieving process takes time and is different for everyone.  The probate process can feel like a burden and unnecessary stressor while you are trying to work through the grief process.  Understanding the basic process of probate can help alleviate […]

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How Long Does Probate Last and How Much Does It Cost?

November 12, 2018

The legal system is notorious for being cumbersome and expensive. The probate process is no exception.  Probate is the process through which the court will validate your will, make sure your debts are paid, and then distribute your assets to your chosen beneficiaries.  It is common for clients to want to know how long probate […]

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Estate Planning When Your Real Estate is Rental Property

November 8, 2018

There are many important components to a good estate plan, and each estate plan will be unique to the person and family.  One universal component, however, is that the estate plan must take into account all of the assets and liabilities of the person making the plan.  While the estate plan will obviously take into […]

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What’s So Bad About Probate? Why Do I Want to Avoid It?

November 7, 2018

Probate is the legal system that is set up to allow personal representatives of an estate to officially prove a will or estate to the probate judge or administrator.  Probate provides for the gathering of estate assets, payment of debts, and distribution to beneficiaries or heirs of the estate.  When it works properly, it is […]

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Do I Have to Probate This Will?

November 6, 2018

Drafting a last will and testament as part of your estate plan is an important step in looking forward and arranging your affairs.  A well-drafted and enforceable will allows you to make particular dispositions of your assets to your friends, family, favorite charitable institutions, or even pets.  Probate allows for the orderly payment of valid […]

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Creditor Claims in Probate

October 29, 2018

The probate process is designed to provide for the proper distribution of the estate of the decedent.  The distribution of the estate will involve several different issues, not the least of which is making sure that valid debts held by the decedent at the time of his or her death are paid by the estate.  […]

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Dividing Property In Your Will

September 17, 2018

Making a Last Will and Testament is an important way to make sure that your debts are paid and assets are distributed to the friends and family members you hold most dear.  Without a valid Will, your assets will be distributed according to the Minnesota laws of intestacy.  These laws are specific rules for how […]

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Letters Testamentary

September 12, 2018

The time immediately following the death of a family member or loved one is emotionally challenging.  If you are also the person in charge of making sure the deceased’s estate is properly distributed, it can also be logistically challenging.  If you have already tried to open their safe deposit box or talk to their insurance company, you […]

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